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December 9th, 2013

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Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel in Wichita completes LEED Certification

The Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel in Wichita has been awarded LEED Certification. The hotel is the third Drury Hotel to complete LEED Certification under the United States Green Building Council’s rating system.

The historic Broadview Hotel in Wichita, Kan., has undergone a $30 million renovation. The hotel’s new guest entrance faces the Arkansas River, and the hotel sits adjacent to Wichita’s Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. Since 1922, guests have entered into a grand lobby with large chandeliers and checkered floors at the hotel. The elegance of the historic hotel remains, but guests enjoy updates in the hotel’s 200 rooms, new amenities, and energy efficient design.

November 20th, 2013

Brown’s Ranch Trailhead Completed – City of Scottsdale, International Green Construction Code

130926GO_4 Browns Ranch TrailheadBrown’s Ranch Trailhead is the latest addition to Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s public access areas. Architect Phil Weddle worked with the City of Scottsdale to complete the project using the International Green Construction Code, or the IgCC.

It provides parking for 200 vehicles and 24 horse trailers, as well as restrooms, a shade ramada, covered amphitheater, interpretive signage, video, exhibit space, and water for two-legged and four legged guests. This northern region of the Preserve is popular with mountain bikers and equestrians, so the trailhead provides a place for cyclists to park their bikes, as well as hitching rails and a water trough for thirsty horses.

November 15th, 2013

November 15th, 2013

179D Tax Deduction for Energy Efficient Buildings extended through December 31, 2013

179D Tax Deductions for projects completed in 2013

In government-owned buildings, the government may allocate this deduction to the person or persons primarily responsible for designing the qualified improvements. The deduction may be taken in the year the energy-efficient improvements are placed in service. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-343) extended this deduction through December 31, 2013.

Partial deductions: When calculating a partial deduction for heating, cooling, ventilation, and hot water systems, a taxpayer may apply section 2.04 of Notice 2006-52.

The applicable energy savings percentages permitted under this notice are:

  • 25 percent for the interior lighting system
  • 15 percent for the heating, cooling, ventilation, and hot water systems
  • 10 percent for the building envelope

More info: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-58) authorized the Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction, 179D, also called EPACT, was designed to reward building and designing with higher energy efficiency standards by offering financial incentives.

November 10th, 2013

PRESCOTT COLLEGE AWARDED LEED PLATINUM CERTIFICATION FOR “THE VILLAGE” STUDENT HOUSING

A new campus housing facility at Prescott College, The Village, received LEED Platinum certification. This achievement places Prescott College with the first ever LEED Platinum building in Yavapai County, AZ.

  • Net zero–100% electricity production from 96 kW solar photovoltaic system
  • Energy reduction of over 90% from a baseline standard
  • Rainwater catchment system for irrigation of landscaping that produces food, native drylands species installed using no long-term irrigation, and riparian habitats protected and restored

August 21st, 2013

Hayden Ferry Lakeside III

The third and final building in Hayden Ferry Lakeside is getting ready to go vertical. The 260, 000 SF 10-story LEED Certified office building will nestle into the slot at the corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Ryan Companies will build the DAVIS Group-designed office. New owners Parkway Properties, Inc., bought the entire project last year.

June 20th, 2013

eBay Awarded LEED Gold certification from the USGBC for the new customer service center in Utah

ebay02The architecture and engineering firm SmithGroupJJR designed the facility and Okland Construction was the general contractor. The project is a 3 story 244,000 sq. ft. facility with an overall energy savings of 34%, with receptacle loads comprise 40% of the projected annual energy use.

UPDATE: eBay has incorporated 30 Bloom Energy servers into their existing facility in South Jordan, Utah. The data center’s energy architecture includes a 6 MW installation of the servers generating on-site power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year , enabling eBay to use electricity from the grid for redundancy only.

 

May 9th, 2013

GSA Phoenix New Professional Office Building Acheives LEED Gold, Voted Best New Office

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Region 9 new 210,000 square foot office facility has achieved LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental and Design, Gold level certification from the USGBC. Ryan and Companies completed the new, build-to-suit class “A” office building for the GSA in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The GSA will administer the 20-year new lease, and named the facility a “Design Excellence” project, which ensures excellence in public architecture, engineering and construction.

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The project has also been recognized and selected by the RED Awards 2013 as the Best New Office.

Quest Energy Group performed energy modeling to determine the most energy efficient design configuration and building system components used in the building, including an R-30 roof, high-performance glass and efficiently designed interior lighting. Energy savings include performance utility agreements to achieve, maintain, and exceed the ENERGY STAR benchmark.

Ryan and Companies completed the new, build-to-suit class “A” office building for the GSA in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The GSA will administer the 20-year new lease, and named the facility a “Design Excellence” project, which ensures excellence in public architecture, engineering and construction.

March 21st, 2013

Urban Renewal: Chandler City Hall featured in the Spring 2013 issue of High Performing Buildings

innovationChandlerCity hallThe Chandler, Arizona City Hall is spurring development, seeding urban renewal, and attracting pedestrians back to a previously deteriorating downtown, while operating with an annual energy use intensity of 57 kBtu/ft2. The Chandler City Hall case study is one of several examples in this month’s issue of High Performing Buildings demonstrating how sustainable design and operation impact the broader community.

The as-designed Chandler City Hall site including both the north and south buildings will achieve approximately 34.1% in annual utility savings per year as compared to a minimally compliant ASHRAE 90.1-2004 building. With the additional on site renewables, a solar photovoltaic system, the project achieves energy cost savings of 44.1%.

March 11th, 2013

March 11th, 2013

Congratulations to Utah State University achieving LEED Gold on the College of Agriculture

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The Utah State University College of Agriculture building has achieved LEED Gold certification. Congratulations to the entire project team and the University.

The total energy cost savings is 34.6% below ASHRAE 90.1 2007 baseline standards. Renewable energy on the project produces 43,402 kWh annually.

HDR Architects Project Profile

March 5th, 2013

Rio Salado Audubon Center featured in Highroads magazine

The Rio Salado Audubon Center is featured in the new April 2013 Highroads magazine. Quest performed energy analysis and commissioning for the project. The LEED Platinum project, acheived a 50% energy cost savings.

Nature vs. Nurture, Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audobon Center featured in Highroads magazine April 2013

February 9th, 2013

San Luis Wildlife Refuge Achieves LEED Platinum

The San Luis Wildlife Refuge Complex featuring the work of Catalyst Architecture has acheived LEED Platinum certification.

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January 28th, 2013

Mesa Firestation 219 Acheives LEED Gold

Fire Station 219_04The City of Mesa and the Mesa Fire Department completed the LEED certification for Fire Station 219, achieving LEED Gold, Overall energy cost savings were 40% better than a baseline standard.  The Fire Station 219 Fact Sheet summarizes the project information. Overall, renewable energy on site from a fixed tilt, roof mounted photovoltaic 5.3 kW system generates 10% of the building’s annual energy use. (8,167 kWh per year). Learn more on the City of Mesa Fire Station 219, on the Diary of a Mesa LEED Fire Station site.

 

January 16th, 2013

The High Roller, the world’s highest observation tower anchoring The Linq, in Las Vegas

Linq_WideQuest Energy is performing the energy modeling for the the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada, The High Roller will anchor the LINQ development.

Topping out at 550 feet and measuring 520 feet in diameter, the High Roller will eclipse both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. Facing north and south (parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard), the wheel will feature 28 glass-enclosed cabins that will unveil broad views of the famed-resort city in the 30 minutes it takes to complete one full revolution. Each cabin will accommodate up to 40 people.

The High Roller observation wheel will be the focal point of the unique urban entertainment district, The LINQ, part of Caesars Entertainment redefinition of the iconic Las Vegas skyline, the LINQ is an open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, located at the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the LINQ will span more than 200,000-square-feet of gross leasable space.

Forbes features The High Roller

December 7th, 2012

Congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals Winning the Energy Star National Building Competition

Microgrid Solar is the official Energy Manager for Busch Stadium and the Cardinals and the birds are holding first place in the Entertainment and Cultural Institution category of the competition.

“Over the last six months, the Cardinals have seen a 10% reduction in energy costs for an estimated savings of $465,110.” Read more about the competition here.

Part of that savings came directly from solar energy, from the 110 solar panels powering food, beverage and retail shops with approximately 35,000 kWh/yr.

November 30th, 2012

Empire State Building Sustainability Retrofits Project Updates.

Quest Energy is a part of the ongoing sustainability efforts at the Empire State Building. The Quest project team is involved with energy modeling and analysis related to monitoring and verification for the sustainability retrofit of the Empire State Building .

New LED lighting on top of the Empire State Building as part of the sustainable retrofits: Quest Energy @ Empire State Building, New York City

November 30th, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 ENR Southwest Best Project Winners

Congratulations to the 2012 Engineering News and Record Southwest Best Project winners!

Best Green Project: Okland Construction Office, Quest Energy Group key team member in reaching LEED Platinum

November 9th, 2012

ASU ISTB IV LEED Gold Certification

Congratulations to the Arizona State University Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Gold certification!

November 5th, 2012

ASU’s new Polytechnic Academic District listed as an AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project

Congratulations to the ASU Polytechnic Academic District on being one of the Top Ten Green Projects for the AIA COTE. Read the full article here!

October 30th, 2012

CTEX Awarded the DatacenterDynamics LATAM Award 2012

Congratulations to the Curaçao Technology Exchange N.V. (CTEX) on being awarded the prestigious DatacenterDynamics LATAM Award 2012 for its advanced design and engineering. CTEX is building four Tier-IV, green certified, data centers and an internet exchange point from which co-location, interconnection and managed services will be delivered to enterprise, government, and institutional clients in the Caribbean and Latin America.

September 5th, 2012

M4 High Bay LEED Certification

Congratulations to the M4 High Bay design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Gold certification!

August 30th, 2012

Chandler City Hall named a AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project

Congratulations to the Chandler City Hall; they have been named one of the AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects! Read the full article here!

July 13th, 2012

Primrose School: Lake Mary Heathrow LEED Certification

Congratulations to the Primrose School: Lake Mary Heathrow design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Certified certification!

May 24th, 2012

SmithgroupJLL profile featured at ENRSouthwest

Congratulations to the Phoenix branch of SmithgroupJLL; they have just had a profile of their office posted on the ENRSouthwest website. Read the full article here!

May 24th, 2012

Chandler City Hall named ENR Project of the Year for Best Government/Public Building

Congratulations to the new Chandler City Hall facility; the building has been named 2011 Project of the Year & Best Government/Public Building by ENRSouthwest. Read the full article here!

April 23rd, 2012

MLK Apartments Silver Certification

Congratulations to the MLK Apartments design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Silver certification!

April 20th, 2012

Busch Stadium hits a home run with Solar

St. Louis Cardinals’ fans may not taste the difference, but the next hot dog they consume at Busch Stadium could be cooked with power from solar energy. The Cardinals have partnered with Microgrid Energy to bring solar energy to Busch Stadium for the first time ever. Read the full article here!

April 16th, 2012

Grant Middle School Science Addition Gold Certification

Congratulations to the Grant Middle School Science Addition design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Gold certification!

April 2nd, 2012

Okland Construction Offices LEED Platinum Certification

Congratulations to the Okland Construction Offices design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Platinum certification!

January 6th, 2012

MCC Nursing and Exercise LEED Silver Certification

Congratulations to the Mesa Community College Nursing and Exercise Building design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Silver certification!

January 3rd, 2012

City of Albuquerque Animal Clinic LEED Silver Certification

Congratulations to the City of Albuquerque Animal Clinic design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Silver certification!

December 7th, 2011

Chandler City Hall featured in Engineering News-Record Magazine

The new Chandler City Hall building was recently featured in the November edition of Engineering News-Record Magazine, Southwest edition.

Read the full article here.

December 6th, 2011

Chandler City Hall featured in Green Source Magazine

The new Chandler City Hall building was recently featured in the November-December edition of Green Source Magazine.

Read the full article here, including Quest’s acknowledgement as Energy Consultant here.

December 6th, 2011

Tolleson Fire Station and Administration Building LEED Gold Certification

Congratulations to the Tolleson Fire Station and Administration Building design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Gold certification!

December 5th, 2011

Ewa Makai Middle School LEED Gold Certification

Congratulations to the Ewa Makai Middle School design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Gold certification!

November 7th, 2011

Vail High School LEED Gold Certification

Congratulations to the Vail High School design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Gold certification!

November 3rd, 2011

Drury Inn & Suites Valero LEED Certification

Congratulations to the Drury Inn & Suites Valero design team; the building has just been awarded LEED certification!

October 18th, 2011

Native American Center LEED Platinum Certification

Congratulations to the Native American Center design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Platinum certification!

September 26th, 2011

Empire State Building LEED Gold Certification

Congratulations to the Empire State Building team; the building has just been awarded LEED Gold certification! Quest provided assistance for an ongoing investment grade audit at the facility, you can read about it here.

September 22nd, 2011

Helen Corderro Primary School LEED Gold Certification

Congratulations to the Helen Corderro Primary School design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Gold certification!

August 31st, 2011

Busch Stadium Updates

Microgrid has posted a feature on the energy efficiency project updates taking place at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. Read the full article here.

July 28th, 2011

Chandler City Hall Incentives

The new Chandler City Hall building has just received over $100,000 in energy efficiency rebates from the APS Solutions for Business Program. Click here for a picture from the event!

July 25th, 2011

Phoenix Fire Station LEED Gold Certification

Congratulations to the Phoenix Fire Station 72 design team; the building has just been awarded LEED Gold certification!

June 29th, 2011

Prescott College Campus Housing Construction

Construction is slated to begin on the Prescott College Campus Housing project, beginning Tuesday, July 5th.

May 25th, 2011

ISTB IV featured in Engineering News-Record Magazine

The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV at the Tempe campus of Arizona State University was featured in an article in the May edition of the Engineering News-Record magazine.

Read the full article here.

May 11th, 2011

Southwest Science Center featured in the ASHRAE Journal

The Southwest Science Center at Mesa Community College was featured in an article in the May edition of the ASHRAE Journal.

Read the full article here.

April 20th, 2011

Mariposa Land Port of Entry featured in Eco-Structures Magazine

The Mariposa Land Port of Entry has been featured in Eco-Structure Magazine! Quest is performing LEED energy analysis for the project.

Read the full article here.

April 19th, 2011

Grand Canyon National Park Airport Operations Building and Board of Equalization LEED Gold Certification

Congratulations to the Grand Canyon National Park Airport Operations Building and Board of Equalization design teams; both projects have just been awarded LEED Gold certification!

March 22nd, 2011

Updated Status on Wildlife Centers

See how construction on the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center located in central California, and the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center located on the border between Texas and Oklahoma is progressing! Quest is performing LEED energy analysis and commissioning for the San Luis Center, and LEED energy analysis for the Hagerman Center.

Read the full article here.

November 10th, 2010

Upcoming Event

Quest’s Henny van Lambalgen will be speaking to the ASHRAE Tucson Chapter on the topic of Energy Simulations and LEED Certification at this month’s November Lunch Meeting. Sign up here.

August 22nd, 2010

Empire State Building Retrofit Update

Take a look at a new article on the progress of the Empire State Building retrofit in the Wall Street Journal Metropolis Blog.

For more information on Quest’s contribution to this project, read about the energy consultancy here.

July 17th, 2010

Mountain Ranch Marketplace Earns LEED Gold Certification

July 14, 2010

The Mountain Ranch Marketplace located in Goodyear, AZ, is the first neighborhood shopping center in Arizona, and one of the few in the nation, to receive the prestigious LEED Gold ranking.

Read the full article here.

July 15th, 2010

Audubon has achieved LEED Platinum certification

The Rio Salado Audubon Visitor Center has achieved LEED Platinum certification!

July 14th, 2010

Queen Mary

Take a look at the new project profile for the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, CA.

July 12th, 2010

Aloft Hotel in Tempe earns LEED Certification

June 10, 2010

Aloft Tempe has been awarded the coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council – the first LEED certified property for Aloft brand and the 52nd LEED project Quest Energy Group has helped put through certification.

Read more here.

June 28th, 2010

TBIT at Los Angeles Airport wins LEED-EB-Silver certification

The newly renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at the Los Angeles International Airport has become the first to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Existing Building (LEED-EB)-Silver certification at a US airport. Quest is a contributing member to the certification efforts.

Read more here.

June 27th, 2010

From the Archives: Save the Bay Center

October 2007

GreenSource Magazine

Case Study: A Non-Profit’s Redevelopment of a Former Landfill Serves as a Model of Urban Waterfront Restoration.

June 8th, 2010

Quest in the Wall Street Journal

September 21, 2009

Old Wine, New Bottles

Retrofits of existing buildings can cut energy use, save money—and attract tenants.

June 7th, 2010

Did you know?

In China, a conservative estimate of the potential market for energy efficient green buildings is over $55 billion within 5 years.  Over the next two decades in China, 400 million people are expected to migrate into urban areas — the equivalent of 2 New York Cities each year for the next 15-20 years.

June 7th, 2010

Upcoming Training

Sign up for eQUEST Training with Marlin Addison in Tulare, CA on August 4-6, 2010.

June 7th, 2010

Walgreens Opens the Nation’s First LEED Registered Drugstore in Mira Mesa, CA

June 24, 2009

Quest contributed energy analysis and LEED consultation to Walgreens for this first-ever LEED certified drug store.

June 7th, 2010

LEED-certified Building of the Year, 2009

April 23, 2009

Headquarters facility wins award for energy efficiency, environmental design

One of Quest’s projects, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s headquarters facility has been recognized as the “LEED-certified Building of the Year” by the Arizona chapter of NAIOP.

March 24th, 2010

Quest in Monsoon Magazine

February 2007, Volume 3, Number 2

Following The LEED

Read about the the off-grid educational and administrative home of the Highlands Center for Natural History, the James Learning Center, and its LEED certification efforts.