With the opening of the new Kitsap Community Resources (KCR) Community Services Center in Port Orchard, Washington in the Fall of 2012, thousands of low-income and jobless residents of South Kitsap residents now have a much more convenient place to access services, staff have a bright, open, efficient workplace, and O’Brien & Company has its second successful partnership with this key agency on a LEED Silver building.
The 6,900 square foot, 2-story office building is only 500 square feet bigger than the cramped offices previously shared by the services in the new building but is designed for efficiency, and is warm and welcoming. It houses state and community agencies from a public health program for mothers-to-be and infants, to veteran’s funds, to housing support, as well as WorkSource.
The Center is part of a larger vision to establish a new pocket neighborhood between the nearby commercial and residential areas. The second phase of the project, to build 10 affordable cottages facing a central green space between the housing and the new Services Center, was completed about year after the Center opened. O’Brien & Company lead an eco-charrette for the entire project that established broad sustainable goals and specific performance targets. In addition to achieving LEED Silver for the Services Center, the team set goals to infiltrate 100% of the stormwater on-site, reduce energy and water use, and utilize the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard for the housing phase.
The Center itself was designed and built under a design-build contract and O’Brien & Company consulted to both the design and construction team. Green features include operable windows for natural ventilation in all regularly occupied parts of the building and climate controls to respond to the number of people in a space and the exterior exposure of the building. O’Brien & Company assisted the architect with building massing and layout to optimize interior flow of outside air. The building’s location near the center of town provides access to alternative transportation and the site has a small of amount of parking with preferred spots for hybrid and electric vehicles. Water efficient toilets, sinks, and urinals keep water use down and the low water use landscape did not require installation of permanent irrigation.
Kitsap Community Resources has provided services to low-income individuals in Kitsap County for over 40 years. Their mission is to create hope and opportunity for low-income Kitsap County residents by providing resources that promote self-sufficiency. O’Brien & Company, which started on Bainbridge Island in Kitsap County, worked with KCR on their first building in Bremerton, WA which was the first LEED building in Bremerton and we were pleased to assist in earning LEED NC Silver for the Port Orchard facility in 2012, the second LEED building in Port Orchard.
Design-Build Cost: $2.8 million
Construction Complete: 2012
Owner: Kitsap Community Resources
Architect: Wenzlau Architects
Contractor: Fairbank Construction
Mechanical Engineer: Sound Mechancial
Electrical Engineer: Coffman Engineers
Civil Engineer: Warner Engineering