Bently Biofuels Outpost
The Bently Biofuels Outpost is the first retail convenience store certified to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards by the US Green Building Council. Their goal is to minimize energy consumption and lessen their carbon footprint by minimizing the use of fossil fuels not only in our vehicles but also in the operation of their facilities. The retail station is heated by a solar thermal array and biomass boiler. Electricity is offset by a photovoltaic array installed on the fuel canopy.
The 3,600 sq. ft. facility consists of a wood framed structure, metal roof panels, recycled brick wainscot, low maintenance polished concrete that is free of chemical coatings.
The furnishings include cabinets made of fast-growing bamboo plywood and countertops made from recycled materials. The building was designed to maximize energy efficiency. Skylights light the main store in the day. Solar tubes, cylindrical portals with powerful lenses, light the bathrooms. Hot water and heat are provided by solar thermal panels behind the store. The building materials were solicited from local suppliers to save on transportation costs. Site clean-up followed special criteria, including the recycling of scrap products.
As the General Contractor, Miles Construction was responsible for the coordination of the design team and the entire construction process, including constructability analysis, value engineering, budgeting, scheduling, contract negotiation and execution, change order resolution, and the completion of the construction and close-out processes.