Featured Project: Las Vegas Cyclery - Getting the Look, Going Green
In 2008, bicycle enthusiast Jared Fisher dreamed of owning a bike shop that could power itself and generate almost no waste. At the end of 2012, his dream became a reality. Last December, Fisher opened Las Vegas Cyclery, a two-story, 9,793 square-foot bicycle shop at The Gardens Summerlin South Village in Las Vegas. Located on one acre, Las Vegas Cyclery is housed in a net-zero, Platinum LEED certified building that runs at 103% energy capacity (produces 3% more power than it is expected to consume in the next year!). In 2008, Fisher began meeting with Wade Takashima, the Henderson-based chief architect at TWC Construction and chief executive officer of Creative FIT, about developing a net-zero building. Eventually engineer Todd Goshorn of Henderson’s TG Engineering got involved, as well as Jose Martinez, Sr., president of Pepe Construction, the Las Vegas-based company that served as framer for the project. TWC selected RedBuilt™ to assist with the creation of Las Vegas Cyclery because of its ability to offer environmentally friendly trusses that could achieve the look they wanted. For the ceiling, Fisher and Takashima asked for an exposed finish with a raw feel, and they liked the combination of wood and metal. The solution? Red-L™ and Red-W™ open-web trusses that met both the aesthetics and helped contribute to the building’s Platinum LEED certification. RedBuilt™ open web trusses are eco-friendly because they help minimize jobsite waste, and the wood products come from renewable sources and are free of urea formaldehydes. In addition, the steel components contain 23% post-consumer recycled content and 7.3% post-industrial recycled content. “The decision to use the open-web trusses from RedBuilt was essential to the overall open structure design concept,” says Takashima. “The trusses worked perfectly and contributed a nice harmony of wood and steel with the other structural elements of metal decking and glulams. Plus, they helped us achieve LEED points for recycled content and regional materials.” Overall, the entire Las Vegas Cyclery project achieved 30% recycled content and 92% regional materials, he says. So far, Las Vegas Cyclery has caught the attention of many newspapers and magazines, including Bicycle Retailer, which called the building “a functioning model of ultra-green retailing and energy efficiency.” According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Cyclery is “state-of-the-art” and a “shrine to energy efficiency.” Every day, shoppers at Las Vegas Cyclery admire the store’s earth-friendly resources, which include 208 solar panels, a wind turbine, recycling stations, solar-tube lighting systems, a bike-wash station that collects and filters water for continued use, and waterless urinals in the men’s restroom. “A lot of thought went into every part of this building,” says RedBuilt™ representative Gary Collinsworth. “All parties involved, from framer to engineer, hope the design and achievement of Las Vegas Cyclery will send a message to the community that everyone has a responsibility to take care of the environment.” Jennifer Turchin of the Las Vegas-based Sellen Sustainability, who served as the building’s LEED consultant, says the shop is likely the first net-zero building in the Las Vegas Valley, and Fisher believes it’s the first net-zero bike store in the country. Las Vegas has always been known for bright neon colors like red, pink and yellow. If Fisher has his way, it will soon be known for being green too. Read about Las Vegas Cyclery in the news: Las Vegas Cyclery takes green retail to extreme - Bicycle Retailer Las Vegas Cyclery's design, systems make it 'net-zero' site - Las Vegas Review-Journal LEEDing the Way - Vegas Seven Summerlin Bike Shop Sheds Light on Energy Efficiency - Prudential Americana Group Blog
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