The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center serves as both a museum and a scientific research facility for individuals interested in how the ecosystem functions at the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers.
The National Great Rivers Research and Education
Center serves as both a museum and a scientific research facility for
individuals interested in how the ecosystem functions at the confluence of the
Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers.
This state-of-the-art facility allows for exploration of the rivers,
their impact on the surrounding communities, and the environment through which
AAIC, Inc. of Collinsville,
Ill., won the bid for the
project’s design in 2006. “Before we got
the project, we’d heard about it and knew it would be coming down the
pipeline,” said site observer Erin Morris of AAIC. “It was a big deal.”
It was an ambitious design from the start: a LEED-certified model of green
construction, integrated renewable energy, and internal recycling systems. Science labs would pump water directly from
the river into concrete channels in research stations, allowing scientists to
conduct controlled experiments in an artificial environment. The external façade would blend into the
surrounding natural environment, with locally quarried rock mimicking the
natural limestone bluffs of the area. A
sloping vegetated roof would include a patio section for
AAIC contacted Foresight Services, Inc., a consulting firm, for assistance with
the project’s details. Foresight
Services, working closely with Carlisle Construction Materials, opted for a
complete building envelope solution. Carlisle’s NVELOP® building envelope system provides a
total system warranty for all the components, and tie-in details, that keep the
building insulated and waterproofed.
The uniqueness of the roof – from the shape to
the drainage needs – required a nonstandard application. Once the concrete structural deck was
complete, it was primed and a Carlisle
modified base sheet was set in type III asphalt. The next layer consisted of CarlisleTs EPDM
FleeceBACK® AFX-plus membrane, also set in asphalt, with overlaid
pressure-sensitive field seams.
Carlisle’s HV300 protection fabric was laid over the FleeceBACK membrane,
followed by CCW’s MiraDrain 9800 drainage board to facilitate runoff. Insulation ranging from 4 inches to three-feet-thick
sculpted the effect of rolling hills.
Next, a 40-mil polypropylene root barrier with hot air-welded seams was
installed over a drainage mat. Carlisle growth media, applied at a minimum of 12 inches
deep accommodates an assortment of prairie grasses meant to blend into grasses
native to the region.
The center practices what it preaches as one of the most technologically
advanced green facilities in the entire world.
“The building is pretty incredible,” said Morris. “There’s no connection to any sewage
treatment. Our water reuse systems pipe
and pump through the building to every type of fixture. We capture 100 percent of our storm water for
landscaping, and washing our trucks and boats.
All of our grey water finds a use – the only treated water you’ll find
in the building is from the fountains and sinks.
“It was my first LEED project,” said
Morris, “and I’ve got to say - it really turned me green!”
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