Sustainable Projects

Sustainable building

The goal of constructing a sustainable or green building doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Just like other types of projects, sustainable construction faces constraints, whether it's staying within a tight budget, navigating a fast-track timeline or adhering to historic regulations. Miles Construction has the expertise and experience to achieve multiple objectives, so that a sustainable project can be considered a success on multiple levels.

Schluter Systems

The 95,000 square foot West-Coast distribution center and training facility consists of a 75,000 square foot warehouse constructed with pre-engineered steel and a 20,000 square foot office constructed with structural steel. This unique facility was built to suit with the Architect, Cathexes of Reno. Miles Construction was the general contractor for the state-of-the-art, eco-friendly facility. Designed to meet the most stringent LEED Gold certification standards, the company used local workforce including engineers, designers, architects, and consultants specialized in green building technologies.

Over 41,000 sq. ft. of tile has been installed throughout the facility. No carpet, vinyl, hardwood or other surface coverings were used. Tile was not only used on floors, it was also the material chosen for the exterior façade, with 24” x 24” porcelain tile applied over a combination of Schluter-KERDI-BOARD and Schluter-DITRA-DRAIN.

Schluter Systems commitment to the environment goes far beyond their products. This facility utilizes many innovative technologies and reusable energy. Notable features include:
· Ground Source Heat Pumps
· Radiant Floor Heating and Cooling
· Radiant Wall Heating and Cooling
· Solar Wall (Passive Solar)
· Photovoltaic
· Daylight Harvesting
· Solar Hot Water
· Living Wall
· Earth Tube (Pre-Conditions Intake Air)
· VESDA Fire System


The 17,600 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility was constructed from pre-engineered steel, masonry, and structural steel. This unique facility was designed and certified as a LEED Gold building, utilizing the latest mechanical and electrical technologies. A fully automated control systems incorporated in the facility allows the owner to condition and light the spaces based on occupancy and natural light available from the windows and skylights. The “Green Building” philosophies were followed from the site design to the floor finishes within the building.

One of the hurdles that needed to be negotiated during design included the incorporation of the three main building materials. There were strict architectural requirements to adhere to and from both Kiley Ranch and the City of Sparks that were challenging while constructing this facility. Having the strong background in multiple construction materials and our profound knowledge of pre-engineered steel buildings has provided us with the ability to guide the overall design. Another hurdle during design was to create an energy efficiency that would meet or surpass the new environmental requirements and incorporate these efficiencies into a large conditioned warehouse.

Farmers Bank

The Farmer’s Bank Building is an unreinforced masonry structure that was constructed in the early 1900’s. An extensive structural upgrade including the addition of a mezzanine level was completed while retaining the original exterior masonry walls and the gold leaf ceiling over the bank lobby. The project is designed to attain a LEED Platinum designation and includes the installation of a ground source heat pump system as well as a rooftop PV Array system and extensive use of skylights and light tunnels to bring natural light to the interior spaces.

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