500 Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903
As a Gold LEED certified, New Construction building, the new Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) headquarters treads lightly on the environment while offering a healthier, comfortable workplace for employees and a sound investment for the company. The building is 361,547 square-feet and is located next to Waterplace Park in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The 13-story office building sits atop an existing underground parking garage. The building was designed to reduce energy use, make the most of natural light, conserve water, and minimize the building's impact on the environment.
The project is part of a major facility consolidation effort put forth by BCBSRI. In October 2009, construction was completed and BCBSRI relocated 1,100 employees from widely-scattered buildings into one building. The new office facility includes a customer call center, training rooms, data center, production copy center, fitness center and cafeteria. LEED criteria were incorporated into the construction documents. The owner's buy-in gave clear direction to be followed through construction, resulting in a healthy and energy-efficient building that demonstrates the benefits of green design.
Efficient lighting and mechanical systems are employed throughout the building, improving energy use to 21.4 percent beyond the requirements of ASHRAE 90.1-2004. Additionally, daylight harvesting reduces lighting demands by an estimated 20 percent. Daylight reaches 75 percent of regularly used spaces and 90 percent of occupied spaces have exterior views. High-performance insulated glass reduces solar gain in summer and keeps heat inside in winter. These energy efficiency measures have been recognized through considerable utility incentives. Enhanced commissioning ensures that the building's design intent is met and that the performance of its systems is maximized.
Power consumption is reduced through the use of occupancy sensors as well as the consolidation of printers and copiers from over 600 devices prior to the relocation to the new facility to just 57 devices located in central areas on each floor of the building.
25 percent of the roof is a vegetated ("green") roof, which reduces storm water runoff and the urban heat island effect, while providing additional insulation. A rainwater harvesting system saves 20,000 gallons of water per year. Efficient plumbing fixtures reduce potable water use by over 30 percent.
BCBSRI is committed to providing a healthy environment for its employees. Sustainable design measures, such as choosing GreenGuard and SCS Indoor Advantage certified furniture and low-VOC interior finish products were used throughout the building. 20 percent of the material used in the building is recycled and 10 percent was sourced from within 500 miles. Reusable, demountable office partitions reduce waste, resource demand, and energy when reconfigurations are needed. Comprehensive recycling helps reduce waste sent to landfills every day. Alternative transportation programs such as subsidized bus passes, preferred parking for low-emission and alternative fuel vehicles, and bike racks help reduce CO2 emissions and city congestion.
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by BCBSRI or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
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Facility Type: Office
Total Floorspace: 361541 sf
Year Constructed: 2009
Contract Type: None
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