PROJECT: Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex
The Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex is the first on Marshall University's campus to be LEED certified, and the seventh building in West Virginia to achieve gold status. The gold level certification is quite an accomplishment given the building's size and the incorporation of lab space.
According to Travis Bailey, the Environmental Specialist in the Health and Safety Department at Marshall University, the building is 25% more efficient than the average standards for similar facilities. Some of the aspects contributing to this efficiency are a green vegetative roof, unique storm water piping, a heat recovery system, and the use of regional materials—including all the wire used in the building. The miles of specially engineered wire, including Feeder MC and ServicePlex®, were manufactured just 25 miles away at Service Wire Company.
Service Wire did more than just manufacture the wire used in the building. Their sales and engineering team have been involved since the planning stages with John Harris of Bastian & Harris Architects in Charleston, WV.
The $56 million, 150,000-square-foot facility was finished ahead of schedule, according to Shawn Dixon, President of Dixon Electric, the contracting firm for this huge project. Dixon's estimator calculated a labor savings of 40% by using Feeder MC versus traditional pipe and wire. A similar savings was calculated in using ServicePlex® instead of single conductors. Actual savings in man-hours greatly exceeded these estimates.
"Using the Service Wire products saved us a lot of time on this construction, and we will be using them again," Dixon stated.
"Using the Service Wire products saved us a lot of time on this construction, and we will be using them again."
- Shawn Dixon
President of Dixon Electric
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