Additions Help Dallas’ New Business Park Receive LEED® Silver Certification

The Billingsley Company, developers of one of suburban office districts, has made it their mission to go green. In 2007, they commissioned Morrison Siefert Murphy Architects of Dallas to design an eco-friendly office building to stand as the centerpiece of its 300-acre master planned office park. In response, the architects designed an office building, pre-certified to meet LEED Silver status.

Sited for maximum visibility from the North Dallas Tollway and George W. Bush Turnpike, the $30 million International Business Park XV opened to corporate tenants in January 2009. NOW Specialties of Carrollton, Texas, fabricated and installed 2,000 square feet of Reynobond Aluminum Composite Material, 4-mm with a PE core with a champagne metallic finish and 8,500 square feet of Reynobond natural brushed aluminum ACM, 4-mm with a PE core and #4 polished finish, for the entrance rotunda.

NOW Specialties field measured all the panels and sent the field dimensions to the engineering department. Then panels were pre-fabricated in their shop and shipped to the site. Four mock-ups of the project were submitted to the architect before construction began.

“The majority of the panels were curved,” says Rosi Gavrilova of NOW Specialties. “So we custom applied the panels with exposed fasteners at the beams and columns. The return legs were welded and the panels needed a minimum of three days for the sealant to cure.”

The 173,382 square foot, three-story building is one of 35 office and retail structures located on the 300-acre campus. The horizontal lines of the curved, futuristic entry are repeated as accents in the interior of the entry space. A three-story curtainwall provides sunlight into the building’s lobby, with 10- x 10-foot windows of vision glass with spandrel below.

The project has received numerous awards including Plano’s Environmental Star Award for the Most Sustainable Building in recognition of the contractor’s efforts to recycle 95 percent of the project’s construction waste and the use of building components made of recycled materials. During construction the project was also awarded the 2008 Green Award from North Central Recycling for recycling 920.1 tons of concrete, wood and other debris from the site.