South Landing, a partnership between McKinstry and Avista, sets a new vision for what the built environment must become. It illustrates how McKinstry is accelerating innovation to deliver zero energy and zero carbon buildings at market cost. The first two buildings to be completed at South Landing are the Catalyst Building and the Hub Facility.
This five-story, 159,000 square-foot building will deliver Spokane’s first zero energy and zero carbon facility.
McKinstry design engineers performed more than 40,000 energy model simulations to perfect Catalyst systems and deliver zero energy and zero carbon operations. The building will feature the latest smart building technologies and energy systems, including solar photovoltaics (PV), solar shading, exhaust heat recovery, thermal energy and battery storage systems and a near-passive house building envelope. A central energy plant located in the Hub Facility will pool and distribute energy to Catalyst and other facilities.
The Catalyst Building will be built using locally sourced cross-laminated timber (CLT). The project will use 4,000 cubic meters of CLT and other glulam products. That amount can store 3,713 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. CLT also means using less steel and concrete, avoiding another 1,437 metric tons of carbon emissions. That roughly 5,000 metric tons of carbon equates to 1,100 cars off the road for a year.
Timber is renewable, especially since CLT does not use old-growth timber. U.S. and Canadian forests can regrow that 4,000 cubic meters of CLT in just 11 minutes.
An Innovation Hub
Eastern Washington University will bring 1,000 students to the Catalyst Building spanning computer science, electrical engineering and visual communication and design. Working alongside private industry tenants, these students will learn within an immersive living laboratory to power ideas to transform our built environment and solve societal problems.
The Hub Facility delivers an innovative central energy plant that transforms the company’s South Landing development into a groundbreaking shared energy eco-district. The four-story building will feature 40,000 square feet of leased space that includes offices and a full-service restaurant.
Deployed systems will include solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays, thermal energy and battery storage systems, high-performance variable air volume (VAV) systems and dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS). These systems will be configurable to meet fluctuating occupant requirements, available onsite energy generation, and utility demand response needs across the entire South Landing development. The result will generate new opportunities to design, develop and test shared energy economies.
Reinvented Energy Value Chain
South Landing creates a grid-optimal eco-district that redefines the energy value chain. McKinstry and Avista partnered to move beyond typical demand response to autonomous demand management. Advanced technologies and sensors will allow Avista to see beyond the meter to balance on-site energy demand with on-site energy generation. Excess energy can then be used to meet demand elsewhere on the grid or stored in the on-site thermal energy and battery storage systems.