PARKnPOOL PARTNERS WITH BB&T TO BUILD $1 MILLION “GREEN” OPERATIONS CENTER
ParknPool’s current office is in the Summit Square Shopping Center, where they have been since they moved the business to Lexington in 2005. It has been a company mission not only to build a technologically advanced operations center, but to make that office building environmentally responsible also.
Press Release (PressBurner) Jan 27, 2010 - LEXINGTON, VA, DECEMBER 18th, 2009: On Thursday, December 17th Brenda and Jim Fonner, officers of ParknPool Corp. signed the financial agreements allowing them to begin construction on the new company facility. With the help of Neal Lineberry of BB&T and Lee Taylor of Spencer & Taylor LLP, this “environmentally green” investment has finally broken ground.
ParknPool’s current office is in the Summit Square Shopping Center, where they have been since they moved the business to Lexington in 2005. It has been a company mission not only to build a technologically advanced operations center, but to make that office building environmentally responsible also. In their business they provide site amenities that are “enviro-friendly,” so this office building is a natural extension of their work.
Lineage Architects of Verona designed the “sustainable” building. Pennie Garber, Principal Architect of the firm says “Jim and Brenda should be commended for their courage to build a sustainable building. We as a society can talk about sustainability all we want (and we designers can plan and draw all day long), but until businesses like ParknPool take the initiative and spend the money to actually build something that is environmentally conscionable, no good is actually done. It’s my hope that many will be willing to follow in their footsteps.”
The site of the new building is on Route 11 North, next to Go Kart Express. The design team worked diligently with Jim and Brenda to protect the trees on this heavily forested site, ensuring eighty percent of the existing tree cover will remain completely undisturbed. The linear footprint of the building will allow maximum natural light into the interior spaces, and every occupant will have a window to the exterior. Interior windows have also been incorporated into the design plan, allowing natural light to travel the entire building. This natural light and ventilation will reduce energy consumption associated with artificial light and HVAC systems.
John Hennis of LexCon, LLC, ParknPool’s General Contractor will be using “Insulated Concrete Forms” (ICF) to construct the building’s exterior walls. These forms are comprised of expanded
polystyrene which will hold “poured-in-place” concrete. When a standard concrete wall is poured the forms typically used are made of plywood, and are removed and discarded after the concrete is hardened. In the ICF construction used for ParknPool’s building the polystyrene forms are left in place. This will not only eliminate waste on the jobsite, but will create an energy efficient wall. In addition to the energy efficiency, ICF construction is incredibly durable and can withstand hurricanes, tornados and other disasters that conventionally framed buildings cannot.
The building will have a “cool roof,” a metal roof designated as such because it will not absorb excessive heat from the sun, resulting in lower cooling costs during the summer months. Metal roofs have longer life spans than asphalt shingle roofs, lasting for many decades. They are very low maintenance and durable. The roof on ParknPool’s building will be finished with Kynar paint, which is the same finish required on airplanes. The attic will be filled with “Icynene” soft spray foam insulation, which is healthier, quieter and more energy efficient than other insulations available.
The siding selected for ParknPool’s building will be fiber cement, which is durable as well as resistant to rot and insects. No trees are harvested when fiber cement siding is specified. The brand of fiber cement siding used on the building is manufactured in nearby Pulaski, Virginia.
Great care is being taken with all of the materials selected for this project to ensure locally produced materials are used. Not only will this benefit local economies, but it requires shorter transport, using less diesel fuel.
Construction of the environmentally conscious building is scheduled to be complete in August of 2010. Jim Fonner, Administrative Manager of ParknPool states, “We are very excited to begin construction on our new operations center. It is our objective to become the primary supplier for outdoor furnishings in the United States. We are achieving this goal with outstanding community resources, energized employees, and a focus on unrivaled client satisfaction. We are blessed to be prospering in this verdant environment of mountains, citizenry, and history. We intend to invest back into this community by protecting its natural setting and providing fulfilling careers for the ambitious people who live here.”