Jekyll Island Convention Center

New construction; Jekyll Island Convention Center; TLC Engineering for Architecture Inc.

08/15/2013


Exterior view: Low roof lines demonstrate how the project was sited to minimize solar heat gain yet maximize views. Shading on windows helps provide natural daylight while minimizing solar heat gain. Courtesy: Jekyll Island AuthorityEngineering firm: TLC Engineering for Architecture Inc.
2013 MEP Giants rank:
32
Project:
Jekyll Island Convention Center
Address:
Jekyll Island, Ga., United States
Building type:
Restaurant
Project type:
New construction
Engineering services:
Automation & Controls, Code Compliance, Electrical/Power, Fire & Life Safety, HVAC, Lighting
Project timeline:
August 2009 to May 2012
Engineering services budget:
$4.39 million
MEP budget:
$6.05 million

Challenges

Being sited on the ocean is a differentiator for the Jekyll Island Convention Center, allowing it to attract business and other meetings to the island and the local economy. Yet that feature posed challenges to the design team. Designing for durability and energy efficiency in a saltwater environment that is also a fragile ecosystem had unique challenges, solved creatively by the closely integrated design team. The owner set a goal of LEED Silver certification, focusing on energy and water efficiency points, to minimize ongoing utility costs.

Solutions

In order to honor and protect the sensitive ecosystems unique to the coastal environment, the owner targeted LEED NC 2009 Silver certification and addressed that with a water harvesting system consisting of 80,000 gal of rainwater and condensate from 460 tons of cooling capacity being harvested for flushing and irrigation purposes; a solar water heating system; and a 2,500-gal hybrid water heater tank (solar/LP gas) supplying banquet kitchen, laundry, and all back-of-house hot water demand.

Exterior lighting complements the surrounding buildings while highlighting the new convention center. Special attention was given to the fixtures to avoid affecting turtle nesting on the adjacent beachfront. The electrical system, consisting of a 4,000-amp switchboard that feeds multiple distribution, lighting, and appliance panels, was designed to enhance the relaxed beachfront atmosphere. The building's high-efficiency cooling system is supported by two 200-ton nominal chillers. All air handlers use two-way chilled water control valves to match water flow with building cooling demand. Ventilation to the building is through energy recovery units that are varied through demand control. Hot water is provided through a solar-hot water system. LEED NC 2009 Silver certification was achieved in December of 2012, shortly after the convention center opened.



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Hannover Messe 2016: Taking hold of the future - Partner Country status spotlights U.S. manufacturing; Honoring manufacturing excellence: The 2015 Product of the Year Winners
Inside IIoT: How technology, strategy can improve your operation; Dry media or web scrubber?; Six steps to design a PM program
World-class manufacturing: A recipe for success: Finding the right mix for a salad dressing line; 2015 Salary Survey: Manufacturing slump dims enthusiasm
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Warehouse winter comfort: The HTHV solution; Cooling with natural gas; Plastics industry booming
Managing automation upgrades, retrofits; Making technical, business sense; Ensuring network cyber security
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
click me