Park Ridge Post Office, Park Ridge, NJ
United States Postal Service
When the Postal Service decided to build a new main post office for the New Jersey municipality of Park Ridge, they decided to build a new facility that truly embodied some of the new Postal energy initiatives they had developed. These initiatives were indeed ambitious – exceeding ASHRAE 90.1 by a whopping 30%. The CTS Group was engaged by the Postal Service to design a new building that, while contemporary in nature, exuded a high level of design and a sense of permanence that was befitting of this attractive New Jersey suburban community.
Relevant Project Data:
- The facility is approximately 5,000 SF.
- The exterior envelope consists of metal roofing over a lightweight steel framing system, a cavity wall system with a cement brick veneer and insulated metal stud backup, as well as a metal wall panel system.
Sustainable Design Notes:
- The building was designed to meet Postal Energy Standards, exceeding ASHRAE 90.1 2004 by over 30%.
- The lighting load averaged approximately 0.92 watts/sf. Occupancy sensors and programmable lighting controls control all lighting.
- The roof composite U-value is 0.0278, the wall composite U-value is 0.037.
- HVAC equipment includes high-efficiency indoor/condensing units with combined SEERs ranging from 16.8 to 19.3. Two-stage high-efficiency gas furnaces rated at 94% AFUE were also employed.