The Sustainable Design Center

Bio-regionally Appropriate Architecture Collaboration and Planning for a Cleaner, Healthier Planet

Fort Hood Office Building

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Firm: Benjamin C. Obregon Architect

Project Status: Conceptual plans completed in 2009.

Project Description: 120,000 s.f. Office Building designed to LEED Platinum standards with the following goals:

  • Steel frame with jumbo straw bale exterior walls orientated and designed to promote passive solar heating, cooling and natural ventilation and lighting to the maximum extent possible
  • Building to have a partial living roof with a Heli-pad
  • Rainwater to be harvested from the remainder of the roof via a standing seam metal roof and seamless gutters routed to an internal cistern system built into the foundation
  • High efficiency HVAC system (geo-thermal preferred) to be used through out.
  • Solar panels to be installed on all south facing metal roofs and on stand at living roof.
  • The 4 story central glass atrium with operable doors/windows throughout will serve as a modern day version of the “Dog Run” and create breezes that can be funneled through the rest of the building