Valley Center for Recycling Solutions

Location: Palmer, Alaska
Year Completed: 2010
Total sf: 23,611sf
Team: Wolf Architecture, PND Engineers, EIC, SAI
Client: Valley Center for Recycling Solutions

This 23,611sf super-efficient building shell was built for the new Matanuska-Susitna valley recycling center. The design process used an integrated team to partner low energy use with a super-insulated shell. Cost / benefit analysis was used repetitively throughout the process to weigh design decisions on envelope, mechanical and electrical fixtures. The project is designed to use 50% less energy than a code-standard building, saving 60% gas use, 77% exterior lighting, 45% interior lighting, 50% ventilations fans and 20% hot water heating. The project recycled 95% of it’s construction waste and utilized 45% recycled content for it’s building products. The $3.65 million project achieved a LEED Gold certification level. Wolf Architecture provided Concept Design through Construction Administration Services.  Upgrades were completed in 2014.