AECOM provided comprehensive engineering services for the expansion of the existing Weather Channel Studio and Tech Core facilities in Atlanta, Georgia. Following the expansion, the 12,500 square-foot facility became the first 24/7 broadcast studio to achieve LEED Gold certification.
An innovative feature is the building’s use of heat generated from studio lights to warm the building. Demand for air conditioning is reduced by the roofing system, which reflects 90 percent of the sun’s rays, and energy consumption is further limited by the cooling system, which includes a high efficiency variable drive air handler. Programmable lighting controls and motion sensors in the common areas further reduce energy use.
The Weather Channel’s irrigation system is fed by a 75,000 gallon stormwater retention pond and uses the station’s own weather predictions to determine when irrigation is needed. Water conservation also is achieved by the automated faucets and flush valves throughout the building.
Expansion of the facility relied on materials sourced within 500 miles of the construction site, which minimized energy used in shipping. For example, more than 225 tons of steel and cement came from nearby suppliers. Recycling was also a significant component of construction. More than 86 percent of all construction waste was recycled, thereby diverting it from landfills. In addition, more than 20 percent (in cost) of materials used on the project were manufactured with pre- and post-consumer recycled content.
Indoor air quality was enhanced through use of low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials, including paint, adhesives, sealants and carpeting. The building was also completely flushed-out prior to occupancy. Double filtering of air is part of ongoing maintenance.
LEED Gold Certified Building