Historic Rehabilitation and Renovation
Mercy Corps International Headquarters
- LEED-Platinum Certification
- Major renovations and seismic upgrades to the historic 40,000 SF Packard Scott building, along with the addition of a new 40,000 SF steel and concrete structure.
- The building totaled 80,000 SF of Mercy Corps offices, the Action Center, the Lemelson Foundation and a small retail space.
To achieve a LEED Platinum rating, Mercy Corps incorporated many of the typical methods including; a green roof and solar array, period appropriate energy-efficient windows, pervious pavers, a system of six planters designed to slow rainwater runoff, recycled content of building materials, low VOCs and significant construction waste management.
- Owner: Mercy Corps
- Architect: Thomas Hacker Architects
One of the most interesting stages of the project was the removal of the mezzanine level and the lowering of the second floor. Using the mezzanine to brace from, WCC used a series of hydraulic jacks to lower first the south then the north sides of the second floor. After the floor was completely lowered and tied back into the building the mezzanine was demolished. The floor joist from the demolition work were then re-milled and reused throughout the building for stair treads, the reception desk, and a large coffee bar.
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