Renovated Commercial: SingleSpeed Brewing Co.

The Renovated Commercial category highlights the use of existing structures for commercial purposes. Sustainable qualities include but are not limited to the use of salvaged materials as well as sustainable building materials, utilization of energy-efficient technologies, the adherence to historical preservation practices if applicable, plus the integration of walkability, placemaking, and alternative transportation options. Projects that solicit and implement community feedback are also valued qualities.

Our Renovated Commercial Award goes to SingleSpeed Brewing Company in Waterloo. Housed in the former Wonder Bread Bakery downtown, the restaurant has more than a dozen services and business within a half-mile walk. It is very supportive of alternative transportation with parking for 46 bikes outside, 14 bikes inside, and a shower for employees who commute by bike. There are two dedicated parking spaces for carpool vehicles and two dedicated for low emitting vehicles. Four bus routes can be found within 2 blocks of the building. Working in collaboration with the city, the brewery was able to take advantage of public parking and substantially reduce the number of new parking spaces dedicated for the business.

Over 75% of the original building was retained. Less than 90% of the waste material (by weight) from demolition and construction was diverted to destinations other than the landfill. Twelve percent of construction materials (by cost) were extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of Waterloo. Fourteen percent of materials were manufactured from recycled materials. Wood on the walls and bar fronts was salvaged from existing areas in the building. Most of the existing wood floors were kept in place and resurfaced. Existing steel windows along the east were cleaned up and kept in place. Three or four existing historic lights were reused in the lobby area.
Water efficient fixtures and faucets are expected to use 30% less water than the baseline and the locally adapted street landscaping does not require irrigation. With LEED Certification for the building and Green Brewery Certification for the business as twin goals, the building includes low emission flooring, adhesives, sealants and paints to support high indoor air quality. Additionally, historic preservation standards were followed.

The building is projected to perform 32% better than the current energy code. The 101 kilowatts of rooftop solar panels are expected to meet at least 21% of the total energy needs.

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