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ince 2004, TriArch has been leading the way for innovative designs and architectural solutions in the Tulsa and surrounding areas. In these pages, you will find out the breadth of our work experience as well as the depth of our sensitivity to the client’s concerns and wishes.

 

Most buildings are designed to be cost efficient for the construction cycle, but with little regard for the operating costs of the building once it is occupied. Through LEED design principles (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). We design from the ground up to minimize operating costs with the end result being more money for a client's wishes and aspirations.

 

Oklahoma is 45th in the nation in buildings that are designed to optimize energy efficiency and life-cycle operating costs. There is a great opportunity for new and existing buildings to embrace the many benefits of a more holistic design strategy.

 

TRIARCH LEED OFFICE BUILDING

We believe in this holistic design principle and it’s in our company DNA. So much so that we put our money where our mouth is. As featured in the Tulsa World on April 28, 2009, we are practicing what we preach. In 2009, we purchased an 8,000sf building in east downtown Tulsa and we completely refurbished it, conforming to LEED standards.

 

Our office building was Tulsa’s first LEED-registered structure in the downtown area. We wanted to renovate a building with historic significance located in a quickly-revitalizing area of downtown for our new offices. Originally built as the Rainbo bread building in 1919, the building was used to store bread made in adjoining buildings and load it onto waiting trucks to distribute nationally.

 

The original structure was a 50’x150’ building with brick load bearing walls. The structure has a metal truss system that held up the roof at a height of 20’. In a renovation in the 1970’s, the roof was replaced with a pan-joist precast concrete system. The building was completely empty with little infrastructure when we purchased it. It was selected because of it’s rich heritage, it’s adaptability potential, it’s strong structural roof, it’s proximity to mass transit, and its location as a potential cultural event center.

 

To achieve LEED certification, we implemented the following strategies:

 

•  "Green" roof with vegetation

•  Low-flow showers

•  Dual-flush toilets

•  Extensive use of daylight to minimize artificial lighting during the day

•  Multi-zone Heating and Air to enhance control

•  Passive and Active Ventilation System throughout building

•  Low-VOC (volatile organic compound) materials throughout

•  Recycled and refurbished doors and windows throughout

 

The end result is a dynamic, fun place to work and be creative. We believe the process of going through this for ourselves has made us appreciate what owners go through during the design process, and it has reinforced our resolve to give the best service and truly shepherd the client.