Boldt's Oklahoma facility is an example of how we live by the same high sustainable construction standards we deliver to our customers. The first privately owned building in Oklahoma to be LEED Certified, this facility located on a busy thoroughfare also received an award for contributing to the improved image of Oklahoma City.
This office building is 22,000 sq. ft., including a warehouse and shop facility that is 20,000 sq. ft.. It is placed in a high-profile location along one of the busiest thoroughfares in the Oklahoma City area. It is the first commercial building in Oklahoma built to sustainable construction standards.
Boldt worked with Studio Architecture to incorporate sustainable features inside and out. The electricity for the building is purchased from the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company's wind farm. Throughout the building all finish materials, including carpeting and linoleum, were made from a wide range of rapidly renewable, recycled or recyclable resources. The building materials were also either native stone or locally manufactured. The raw steel, most of which is recycled, came from within the USGBC-mandated 500-mile radius and was fabricated locally.
The building features a high-efficiency heating and cooling system. It is situated to take advantage of the sun's heat and light as it passes through the sky. Windows on the south and north sides allow for full optimization of natural daylight to keep the building bright.
Deciduous trees and other plants, along with strategically placed awnings and overhangs, situated on the south side of the building, block heat in the summer, but allow solar heating during the winter.
The sustainable traits do not end at the building itself. The furniture was created with wood from certified forests and manufactured under conditions that would reduce or eliminate waste. The lights throughout the building were programmed to shut off in unoccupied rooms and the commodes were set to self-flush.
Even the parking lot is set at a green standard. There is priority parking spaces given to car-poolers, facilities for electric cars to be recharged during work and there are on-site showers and bike storage to encourage alternative commuting methods.
Virtually every element of our operation makes responsible use of natural resources. The building was constructed according to the guidelines from the US Green Building Council. It achieved 36 credits for the Silver Certification of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system.