Sud Associates, P.A.
Consulting Engineers
University of North Carolina at Asheville
Sam Millar Facilities Management Complex
Sam Millar Facilities Management Complex, University of North
Carolina at Asheville.
The 27,660-square-foot complex, made up of three
buildings, is home to some 115 employees working in 18 trade fields,
including grounds, housekeeping, plumbing and mail services. The Sam
Millar Facilities Management Complex incorporates a number of
environmentally sustainable design features. In fact, the complex is so green
that the University is pursuing LEED Silver Certification. The  complex
features solar panels, a gray water cistern, bioretention ponds, recycled
cotton batt insulation and pervious pavements. The complex is also equipped
with geothermal heating and cooling.

This facilities management complex consists of offices, shops, warehouse,
distribution, and emergency operations services for the UNCA campus.  
Together with Brown Architecture, Sud Associates followed a thoroughly
integrated design process in accordance with the LEED Guidelines and the
Triangle J High Performance Building Guidelines.  The design team led
sustainable design charettes to solicit input from all facility stakeholders and
develop program and energy goals for the building.  Extensive energy
modeling and life cycle costing were carried out during design to assist in
making the most cost effective design decisions.  The complex features an
innovative water-to-water geothermal heat pump system which incorporates
600 square feet of solar panels for preheat and reheat, a rainwater
catchment system for water closets and hose bibbs, waterless urinals, solar
preheat for domestic hot water, radiant heating in shops, dimming daylighting
and occupancy sensor lighting controls, bio-retention ponds, recycled cotton
batt insulation and pervious pavement. Material selection included recycled
content products wherever possible and practical.  Placement of the building
on the site focuses on reduction in footprint, orientation to maximize solar
heating and minimize cooling, minimized grading, preservation of natural
areas and reduction of storm water run-off with the use of bio-retention
ponds.  The submittal is currently being prepared for LEED accreditation at
the Silver level.   Sud Associates is also serving as the commissioning agent
for the building.