Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Center

Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Center

The center features classrooms and an auditorium/theater with a stage, uses a geothermal HVAC system, skylights, glue-lam beams, tongue and groove ceilings and sports a living roof. It is the first City of Asheville LEED certified project, which was designed by Mathews Architecture PA to be LEED Gold certified but with extra effort to gain additional points in various categories, we were able to reach a LEED Platinum certification. 

During construction, more than 75 percent of all construction waste was diverted from the landfill and recycled. Building materials were sourced locally when possible, and all the wood used was Forest Stewardship Council-certified. Six geothermal wells were dug to supply the building with heat from the earth. While installation cost more on the front end than traditional HVAC, geothermal systems saves money and energy over time. In winter, the pump pulls heat from the wells into the building. During summer, the pump is reversed so it removes heat from the building and disperses it into the ground.

The two vegetative roofs have lots of positive environmental impacts. They not only provide visual relief, but also extra insulation and lower the degradation of the roof while needing little to no maintenance.

Brevard First United Methodist Church Renovations

Brevard First United Methodist Church Renovations

This design-build project led by H&M and her sister companies (Plumbing, HVAC & Electrical) touched all areas of the church.  It included a new electrical service and MDP panels with extensive water, sewer, and gas supply changes throughout as well as an entirely new HVAC system.  New additions include a gathering space with a covered entry, stair tower, two story toilet room tower, elevator tower w/ elevator, and all new windows.  Subsequently the church requested that we also waterproof the entire existing basement as well as install a new commercial kitchen hood.  The church remained 100% “open for business” except for one long weekend needed to facilitate the new electric service installation.  The church even held their annual Father/Daughter dance during the height of construction.  This team effort centered around the perfect building committee and was a win-win for everyone.

Foster Church Gathering Place

Foster Church Gathering Place

This small but important project designed by Ben Jones Architect updated the existing entry for the worship center into a beautiful glulam and curtainwall enlarged gathering space.  Other touches include new toilet rooms, a coffee prep area, new concrete walks, and railings with a paved drive-up area to upgrade the building’s accessibility.  The existing stained glass relocated to the interior of the curtainwall and new finishes throughout complete the interior finish and provide a seamless transition from old to new.