Jackson Township, Ohio
SoL Harris/Day Architecture
After 40 years in business, the growth of the firm required a move that resulted in a unique design for our new offices (Located near the corner of Portage Street and Frank Avenue in Jackson Township)
. Since 2007, SoL Harris/Day had increased their staff by 30% to 23 professionals, and their gross revenue had almost doubled to $4M in design fees in 2012.
Seizing this opportunity, our design process implemented our vision of sustainable design into lessons to be followed by all for minimizing environmental impact.
According to Jeff Day (past President), “it was important that SoL Harris/Day ‘practice what it preaches’ when demonstrating to our clients about current best practices in architectural design.”
The result… a cool looking building that is energy efficient and environmentally sensitive in every aspect, literally from the ground up.
The green strategies were developed with a goal of U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification. From the demolition phase to the final product, many 'green' strategies were utilized including: salvaging and recycling the existing barn and house; design of a super insulated building including ICF foam block foundation to increase thermal value; combination wood/metal trusses to decrease the use of steel; a partial white roof to reflect sunlight; a partial green planted roof and specific landscaping to reduce water runoff; recycled insulation; abundant natural light on the east and south wall to lower artificial lighting and decrease electric usage; and low flow plumbing fixtures to decrease water usage.
Built on our mission... it is truly Designed for People. Designed for Life.
AIA Akron Design Award
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