Oracle has made a strong commitment to sustainability
The Oracle Waterfront Campus building is the second project in Austin Energy Green Building’s history to document and record a full life cycle assessment.
The Oracle project design strategy focused on the human experience of its central, ecologically diverse site. Over 60% of the site is dedicated to outdoor open space that includes meeting and gathering spaces for employees to enjoy the lush and active setting in which they work.
Set on a 40-acre site, the Oracle five-story office and campus parking garage are directly adjacent to the trails and bikeways of Lady Bird Lake. A resource-intensive effort was undertaken to preserve and/or relocate heritage trees on site, blurring the edges between the campus and park. The building interior hosts sweeping views of downtown Austin and is peppered with interactive art that celebrates the region’s distinct culture. Employees are the main users of the building, and care has been taken to ensure their comfort, promote their productivity and support their well-being.
Zip Code » 78741
Neighborhood » East Riverside-Oltorf
Building Area » 560,000 sq. ft.
Rating Date » October 2018
Owner » Oracle America
Developer » Ryan Companies US
Architect » STG Design
Civil Engineer » Stantec
MEP Engineer » EEA Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer » Walter P. Moore
Civil Engineer » Stantec
Landscape Architect » TBG Partners
Commissioning » Page
AV/Acoustics/Security » IDIBRI
Kitchen Consultant » Worrell Design Group
Envelope Consultant » Wiss, Janney, Elstner
Parking » HWA Parking
The Oracle project design strategy focused on the human experience of its central, ecologically diverse site. Over 60% of the site is dedicated to outdoor open space that includes meeting and gathering spaces for employees to enjoy the lush and active setting in which they work. The interior features collaborative, acoustically diverse spaces like huddle areas, telephone rooms, small group rooms and an atrium level designed to concentrate public spaces and bring together employees from different areas of the building. A social stairway in the lobby provides additional opportunities for employees to cross paths and keep fit. Commuters also have many active and public transportation options.
The Oracle building is the second project in Austin Energy Green Building’s history to document and record a full life cycle assessment. The building’s structural and envelope systems demonstrate a significant reduction across several environmental impact categories, including a 12% reduction in global warming potential. Over 45% of the building construction materials were sustainably sourced, including 30% sourced from within the State of Texas.
Active chilled beams support a positive indoor environment by providing energy efficient cooling with reduced noise and more consistent thermal comfort. The modular Central Utility Plant was built off site, brought to the site in sections and outfitted with high efficiency magnetic bearing boilers and chillers. Efficient lighting, windows and exterior fins round out the energy efficient features which contribute to the more than 27% annual energy cost savings.
The project’s water–saving strategies include low flow plumbing fixtures and the collection of AC condensate for use in landscaping irrigation and the prominent water feature. Together, these save 900,000 gallons of potable water annually.
Images from: STG Design