Posts Tagged ‘sustainability’

June 11th, 2012 · by RQ Construction · Fort Bliss, LEED

RQ is proud to announce that the Command and Control Facility, 1st Armored Division Headquarters at Fort Bliss has achieved LEED® Gold established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). This is the first LEED Gold building at Fort Bliss.

RQ provided the design and construction for this prestigious 143,090 sq ft building, which serves as a Command and Control facility with administrative support. A three-story, full height lobby is the focal point of the facility, which includes conference and mission planning rooms, private and open offices, and a large briefing room. The third level houses three generals, including the 1st Armored Division Commander. To maximize value and efficiency in the construction of the Command and Control Facility, the team utilized a lean construction and scheduling philosophy to bring savings to the customer and contractor alike. BIM and VDC technologies allowed the contractor to virtually construct the project prior to actually physical construction, minimizing conflicts and rework.

The 1st Armored Division Headquarters achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses, and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers, and the larger community.

“The strength of USGBC has always been the collective strength of our leaders in the building industry,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, RQ Construction demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of the 1st AD Headquarters.”

LEED certification of 1st Armored Division Headquarters was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:

  • Building orientation optimizes daylighting along the long south-facing façade
  • Exterior solar shading devices on the building fenestration and low-e, dual glazing helps to mitigate and reduce solar heat gain into the building
  • R-38 Insulated Metal Roof System reduces solar heat gain and thermal cooling losses.
  • R-13 Insulated Exterior walls reduce solar heat gain and thermal cooling losses.
  • The pre-cast metal stud and concrete exterior wall system provides a high-quality pre-fabricated concrete panel with high recycled content and ensures an extremely effective air-barrier around the building to prevent the infiltration of outside air into the building, resulting in less demand on the mechanical system
  • Use of boilers and water heaters that are 93% efficient.
  • Use of chillers that operate at 0.5 kw/ton.
  • Air-Handling Units with variable airflows with demand control ventilation and economizers.
  • VFD’s are provided on chilled water and heating hot water pumps and on cooling tower fans to reduce flow and energy consumption during non-peak loads.
  • Solar hot water heating is provided to 50% of the buildings domestic hot water use.
  •  Low-flow plumbing fixtures are provided to reduce the overall hot water demand and reduce energy consumption.
  • Photosensors integrated into the ceiling automatically adjust the lighting in the room for the appropriate task based on the amount of daylight in the room.
July 6th, 2011 · by RQ Construction · News

An existing dormitory was scheduled to be demolished at our Davis Monthan Dormitory project. Three RQ employees – Tyler LaBelle, Sunday Gannon, and Manny Araux – stepped in and coordinated the donation of the existing furniture to 51 homes and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program. Both programs house medically-vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness in the Tucson area.

The dormitory contained beds, dressers, desks, chairs, and other furniture items requiring a collaborative effort to move before demolition. Volunteers from RQ Construction, La Frontera, Comin’ Home, Rescued Helpers, CODAC, The City of Tucson, 50 airmen from Davis Monthan AFB, and others donated several hours of their time to unload the furniture and relocate it to a storage warehouse for distribution. The donated furniture filled two full aisles of the warehouse and will soon be used to furnish homes for the homeless.

Thank you to Tyler, Sunday, and Manny for pursuing an inspiring and sustainable use for this furniture.

Additional information:

51homes is a collaborative, community effort to house the most medically-vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness in the greater Tucson area. 51homes is the local chapter of the national 100,000 Homes Campaign that is led by Common Ground of New York.

51homes is a community-wide effort to ending street homelessness. 51homes unites housing specialists, government officials, human service agencies, and emergency first responders in a system change effort to move people from the streets into housing quickly and permanently. 51homes uses a Vulnerability Index to identify, prioritize, and house those individuals with the highest risk health factors. 51homes provides hope, protects health, and changes lives.

For more information about 51homes, visit:

March 29th, 2011 · by RQ Construction · Camp Lejeune, Event, LEED, Photovoltaic

RQ Construction – with URS-IAP – broke ground on the P-1400 Marine Corps Energy Initiative project at MCB Camp Lejeune, NC. The event took place on Wednesday, March 2011, and featured presentations from ENS Dreyer, Colonel Lecce, and URS Vice President Kay Lantrip. For more information, please view the event brochure here.