Innovation and Design Building

During WWII, this building was used to house artillery tanks and machinery and designed so that trains could roll directly into it. As such, the walls and floors are over 16” thick. Beyond just being a fun fact, this has frequently played into our engineering over the years for both the base building and workplace projects that we’ve done because we’ve had to think creatively about how to design systems that don’t require core drilling.

Our initial team assigned to the base building work at this project is the same team that is working on the building today as we work on fit-out projects. The MEP infrastructure work that we’ve done includes a full replacement of the chiller plant, upgrading natural gas service, reworking the stairwell pressurization systems, and relocating the fire command center. We also improved the electrical infrastructure and enabled metering for each individual tenant. One of the reasons that Jamestown was able to attract Reebok, the 200,000 anchor tenant, was because the infrastructure upgrades meant that the building could accommodate their vision.

In the loading dock area, we designed carbon monoxide sensors with exhaust fans, supplemental heaters, a dry sprinkler system and an air curtain. The challenge in designing this area was that all of the MEP systems had to be located higher than 12’ to accommodate the delivery trucks. Working in Revit made the coordination for this effort easy.

Following the infrastructure upgrades, we have worked on many of the fit-out projects in the building for the retail, workplace, and restaurants. We also designed the MEP systems for the 400-person event space. One of the challenges of that space was ensuring enough outdoor air to support the space. We designed two systems to bring air to the space, including an energy recovery unit connected to louvers.