When EPB set out to build a new headquarters in Chattanooga, it wanted to make a bold statement. And, we don’t just mean bold as in big, like one might guess by the 7-story structure that houses more than 140,000 square-feet of work and community space. As a leading provider and educator of sustainable energy in Tennessee, the organization was committed to sustainable building and design for their new headquarters. Selecting the appropriate building material was a first step. While the project team knew they could get natural stone from a less expensive source in China, part of the sustainable design included reducing latent energy costs, and the environmental impact of transportation. Coldspring was selected to provide Radiant Red® granite extracted and fabricated in close proximity of the building site.
Over 70,000 square feet of Radiant Red® granite was hauled in for the project. An open atrium was created all the way through the building to bring in natural daylight. Features also include unique and intricate radial planters and steps in Radiant Red® granite.