LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009
Lancaster City Hall
Lancaster, PA 17602
LEED Silver 2016
The long overdue renovation and expansion began in September 2012 following nearly two years of planning. The renovation and addition allowed consolidation of satellite operations. The work included mechanical upgrades, such as energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling, along with upgrades to the electrical and plumbing systems, fire and safety systems and stormwater management. Windows, doors, trim and cabinetry incorporate the use of Forest Stewardship Council certified renewable building materials. Green infrastructure technologies also were employed on the site.
The four-story expansion added 18,000 square feet of a modern, efficient office space to City Hall on a long vacant site. Energy efficiency and green building standards were incorporated in the design and construction of both the addition and the renovation. A rain garden was added to the building’s south end, which captures runoff from the nearby, re-aligned parking lot. Also, a 3,000-square-foot vegetated green roof was placed on the Annex. Due to energy efficiency upgrades and other improvements throughout, the City Hall renovation and expansion project was eligible for LEED Silver certification.
An elevator was installed for the first time, bringing the building into compliance with federal ADA standards. Public bicycle racks, designed and fabricated by a local artist were installed outside the Annex, while within the lower level staff parking garage additional bike racks are available for city employees. A shower facility also is available for cyclists. The new building was designed to complement old City Hall.
The project used quality materials similar to the existing building. Doors and window systems are energy efficient and complementary to City Hall’s historical character. . Utilizing brick masonry and cast stone, plus metal cornice material continued the theme of old City Hall into the Annex. Since the building is visible from all sides, it was important to maintain the quality of material, design and workmanship on all elevations. This attention to detail, in order to retain the architectural integrity of the old City Hall added no more than 10 percent to the final cost of the building. Building quality at the front end will save the city operating and maintenance costs in the long run.