We strive to understand our Client's expectations and business needs‚ and we exceed them. Our primary goal is to enhance our client's success by establishing long-term relationships and helping them turn building and business goals into realities.
Artech is organized into market focused/building type studios; a structure that promotes highly-functional, specialized teams and that strengthens our understanding of our Client's needs. While we practice in many design areas, Artech operates education, health care, urban, retail, corporate office and multi-family residential studios.
Artech provides a complete range of services, including pre-development, site planning, program management, construction documents and construction administration.
Artech installs solar panels at its Southside Chattanooga home office
Friday February 28, 2014
In keeping with its vision toward sustainable design in both life and work, Artech has installed a solar panel system to its 1410 Cowart Street, Chattanooga office, headquarters. The system was designed and installed by Tennessee-based Sustainable Future, an energy technology & home energy improvements concern. The system’s meter went live mid November.
Artech CEO, David Hudson, remarks that “our motivation, simply, is our belief in renewable energy. While this type of installation is not currently a necessity due to the low cost of energy in our area, the future cost of energy is expected to reach a point that the use of renewables will certainly become a favorable energy source.” Ever being the leader in design and construction trends, Artech hopes to show its community what opportunities are available in the solar industry and what can be achieved.
Funded through federal, state and local foundation sources, Artech envisions future power bill savings based on the amount of electricity generated and being able to sell power back to the grid to be used by others.
This panel system was installed within three weeks and has a life span estimated between 20 and 40 years. Emerging technology and product innovation, however, will dictate if replacement panels are necessary to attain the greatest benefit over time. Says Hudson, “being able to monitor, in real time, the amount of electricity being generated at that moment is extremely exciting”. Artech plans to install a monitor reader in its lobby as a constant indicator of what the system is achieving and has discussed placing a tag on its website to communicate to its online visitors.
Artech is an architecture and interior design firm with over 25 years of experience in the commercial building industry and has a solid commitment to the promotion and use of sustainable design. The firm continues to see increased interest from clients wanting to focus on “greening” their developments. Recent successful “green” projects include Carmike’s Majestic 12 - the first LEED Certified stand alone theater in the US, LEED Gold Certified Outdoor Chattanooga, and Volkswagen’s Training Center, which was designed to attain LEED Platinum designation. The firm currently employs three LEED Accredited Professionals on its staff.
NEW CARMIKE THEATER GOES GREEN
Friday February 28, 2014
Artech has designed and has overseen construction on the first Movie Theater in the country to be registered for LEED certification. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a nationally accepted benchmark for green building design under U.S. Green Building Council. The theater, being built in the heart of Chattanooga’s urban landscape, will be operated by Carmike Cinemas. It is expected to be LEED silver certified when completed. The 12-plex theater will feature two 400+ seat auditoriums, a VIP auditorium with large reclining seats, gourmet popcorn, as well as digital & 3D projection capabilities.
Some LEED features:
• The building uses a white roof that reflects solar heat, thereby saving on cooling bills in the summer.
• All construction waste is being sorted and, where possible, recycled with the goal being to reduce the amount of debris
going into local landfills by 50%-75% or more. Already in excess of 1.5 million pounds of debris (from this project’s
construction) that would have otherwise gone into a landfill has been reused or recycled.
• The building makes use of materials that have high-recycled content and come from this region, when possible.
• Rainwater from the roof will be collected and used to flush toilets. This, in combination with using high efficiency fixtures,
results in a 66% savings on water consumption or over 200,000 gallons per year.
• The building will use LED and fluorescent lights, where possible, to minimize energy consumption and will have motion sensors on
many lights that result in a 75% savings on energy consumption associated with lighting.
• The paints, carpet, wall coverings, adhesives & sealants being used in the building are all low VOC.
• The HVAC units are more efficient than typical and contain no CFCs.
• The building will use 35% less energy than typical, resulting in a savings of roughly $15,000 per year in electrical use.
Currently, ten percent of Artech’s registered architects and interior designers are LEED accredited. Other "green" projects include Outdoor Chattanooga and Firehall #4 in East Chattanooga and Volkswagen Academy. Artech has provided services for a variety of businesses and governmental entities across the country and is licensed to practice in 40 states, cumulatively.
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