Article | Contracting Business (July 1, 2012)
Cutting-edge facility features sustainable and efficient building systems
Southland Industries recently unveiled its new Southern California Campus in Garden Grove, CA, showcasing the engineering and architectural benefits of an integrated design process. With the opening of this new building, the company turned its talent inward, to design a cutting-edge facility that provides its own employees the same energy efficiency and sustainability benefits that it consistently delivers to its customers.
“Our new Southern California Campus allows us to not only better serve customers regardless of geographic location but also to showcase the best of Southland’s engineering and construction capabilities,” says Dr. Ted Lynch, chief executive officer.
Southland Industries — the 2001 Contracting Business.com Commercial HVAC Contractor of the Year, and a 2011 Design/Build Award winning company— partnered with LPA, Inc., to completely remodel the 42,000 sq.ft. building in Garden Grove, and incorporate a design that supports collaboration, productivity, and innovation.
The building features four different HVAC systems. Among these is a heat pump from the previous building, which was left in place to demonstrate the energy efficiency benefits that can be achieved with integrating existing HVAC systems with modern systems.
The three new systems include displacement ventilation, fan-powered induction units, and chilled beams, all of which allow for an open and well-lit space for design teams and detailers to collaborate. A state-of-the-art controls system enables Southland to monitor real-time gas, electric, lighting and HVAC usage, contributing to an expected LEED Gold certification.
“Customers can come here to work, and we can also showcase the work we’ve done. We can show the customers the benefits of using the systems we use and why they’re used in those areas,” Lynch adds.
The new building is adjacent to the company’s existing 92,000 sq.ft. fabrication facility, which will continue to house fabrication shops and a remodeled space for corporate training, building information modeling (BIM) coordination, and “big room” teaming. southlandind.com