ASHRAE announces design details of new global headquarters

ASHRAE announced details today on its new global headquarters in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a 66,700-square-foot building renovation to net-zero energy performance. Check out ashrae.org/newhq for updates on progress through to the anticipated opening in October 2020.

“We are excited to share up-to-date progress on our new ASHRAE global headquarters,” said 2018-2019 ASHRAE President Sheila J. Hayter. “Through this web presence, we will share our design journey, and we will offer useful, informative, educational content for members, partners, the media and other stakeholders to showcase sustainability in action, resiliency that exceeds the provisions of ASHRAE’s energy, comfort and indoor air quality standards and cost-effective building integrated solutions.”

The new, renovated building will become a showcase for the latest HVAC&R equipment and technology, providing a destination venue for industry visitors and members to experience. Some key project goals for the new building are:

  • To demonstrate how to transform older existing buildings from dated workplace environments to high-performance workplace environments.
  • To showcase an affordable, net-zero energy strategy.
  • To provide energy, demand and environmental data from HQ building through web interface.
  • To be visible, when and where appropriate, within the building as an educational feature.
  • To provide additional sensors and monitoring capability in spaces such as conference rooms, so the data obtained can support investigations and experimental work for ASHRAE research. This includes electronic data storage and manipulation capability and a meteorological monitoring station.
  • To provide pro­visions for a building automation system.
  • To showcase an ASHRAE Building EQ A+ rating.
  • To provide a building environment that sets new standards for worker productivity and wellness through superior visual acuity, daylight, acoustics, thermal comfort and air quality.

The purchased two-story building, constructed in 1978, sits on 11 acres and will be designed to provide space for approximately 125 occupants. Selected materials will be capable of withstanding Atlanta’s hot, humid weather conditions.

“ASHRAE’s global headquarters will inspire our industry to incor­porate energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable practices that reflects an understanding of the high-per­formance building movement,” said Jeff Littleton, ASHRAE Executive Vice President. “The new web presence will provide a step-by-step look into this design project and give visitors an engaging view of ASHRAE’s vision and goals.”

The renovation project is overseen by both a building ad hoc and technical committee comprised of ASHRAE volunteers. McLennan Design, Houser Walker Architecture and Integral Group have been selected as the design team. The project team also includes Collins Project Management (Project Management), Skanska (Construction Manager at Risk) and Epsten Group (Commissioning Agent).