• Church History Library
  • Lobby of Church History Library
  • Church History Library
  • Conference Room in Church History Library
  • Lobby of Church History Library
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Since its founding, the LDS Church has been committed to preserving its historical record. To safeguard its vast and growing archive of more than five million documents, photographs, and other artifacts, the Church decided to build a facility to be both secure and sustainable. The result is the 230,000 SF Church History Library, a model of archival technology and sustainable design. The RMH Group provided LEED consulting and mechanical/electrical engineering services to complete the Church’s vision. As the project’s LEED consultant, RMH Group advised all project team members on methods to improve overall building sustainability—from selecting appropriate materials to minimizing energy and water consumption to enhancing indoor environmental quality for building occupants. For example, low-flow water fixtures and energy-saving lighting were specified to improve the building’s green profile—and had the added benefit of saving the owner approximately $65,000 per year in utility costs when compared to a similar building. RMH’s contribution during construction helped the project earn additional LEED points. For instance, more than 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill to either be recycled, salvaged, refurbished, or reused. In addition, almost 50 percent of the construction materials used were regionally manufactured, which greatly reduced the carbon footprint related to transportation while improving the local economic impact. To enhance collaboration among team members, RMH’s LEED specialists facilitated charrettes to educate the team about LEED and to advance development of sustainable design strategies. Throughout design, RMH staff led progress meetings devoted to assessing the status of green features and expanding opportunities to enhance a building’s sustainability. Finally, RMH personnel documented the design, construction, and commissioning processes and helped our client submit an application for final LEED certification.
 

Church History Library

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Salt Lake City, Utah

Since its founding, the LDS Church has been committed to preserving its historical record. To safeguard its vast and growing archive of more than five million documents, photographs, and other artifacts, the Church decided to build a facility to be both secure and sustainable. The result is the 230,000 SF Church History Library, a model of archival technology and sustainable design. The RMH Group provided LEED consulting and mechanical/electrical engineering services to complete the Church’s vision.

As the project’s LEED consultant, RMH Group advised all project team members on methods to improve overall building sustainability—from selecting appropriate materials to minimizing energy and water consumption to enhancing indoor environmental quality for building occupants. For example, low-flow water fixtures and energy-saving lighting were specified to improve the building’s green profile—and had the added benefit of saving the owner approximately $65,000 per year in utility costs when compared to a similar building. RMH’s contribution during construction helped the project earn additional LEED points. For instance, more than 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill to either be recycled, salvaged, refurbished, or reused. In addition, almost 50 percent of the construction materials used were regionally manufactured, which greatly reduced the carbon footprint related to transportation while improving the local economic impact.

To enhance collaboration among team members, RMH’s LEED specialists facilitated charrettes to educate the team about LEED and to advance development of sustainable design strategies. Throughout design, RMH staff led progress meetings devoted to assessing the status of green features and expanding opportunities to enhance a building’s sustainability. Finally, RMH personnel documented the design, construction, and commissioning processes and helped our client submit an application for final LEED certification.

Certifications

Certified LEED-NC Silver

Awards

American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado, Engineering Excellence Awards, Honor Award, 2010