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Holcim (US) Administration Building

Location: Ste. Genevieve, MO
Completed: 2008
Client: Holcim (US)
Size: 70,000 SF


Global cement manufacturer Holcim (US) Inc. selected Guarantee Electrical’s design-build team to craft the electrical and systems components for a LEED-certified administration building at its new 3,916-acre campus along the largest slack water harbor on the Mississippi River in Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

At nearly 70,000 square feet, the administration building functions as the control center and headquarters for Holcim’s newest cement plant -- the largest of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere. The single-kiln plant and related facilities, located on about 1,700 acres of the total site, are designed to produce four million metric tons of cement annually.

Guarantee provided electrical engineering, design and construction services for the administration building, which also provides shop and laboratory space for plant operations. In support of Holcim’s LEED certification goal, Guarantee pursued options to gain certification in LEED EA Credit 1 - Optimize Energy Performance and EQ Credit 6.1 - Controllability of Systems: Lighting points.

A variety of energy-saving innovations were deployed to meet the LEED specifications while containing construction and ongoing operational costs:

  • Watt Stopper infrared, ultrasonic and dual technology occupancy sensors to efficiently provide individual lighting for 90 percent of the building’s occupants
  • Local, programmable wall timer switches for lighting control to achieve energy savings
  • Lithonia RT5 fixtures

The multipurpose building contains a variety of rooms, including the control center with its 18 flat-panel computer stations for plant monitoring. The 10 team rooms, conference center and training room are equipped with projection screens and plasma TVs equipped for video conferencing. All technology used in the control room and data center feature dual power backup systems
  • an emergency 125-kilowatt diesel-powered generator
  • an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system

The administration facility also features large maintenance bays, a welding shop, and an electrical and instrumentation room for repair and maintenance. Korte Co. was the general contractor.

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