CLIENT Ozell Stankus Associates Architects / Melaver, Inc.
Abercorn Common is a 180,000-square-foot all-retail shopping center. The center was the very first all-retail center in the U.S. to become LEED-certified. The aesthetic features of the shopping center bear resemblance to the downtown historic district of Savannah. The shopping center is a renovation of a 1960s shopping area and now it forms the primary shopping corridor of Savannah.
Cistern – collects rainwater from the roofs of the entire shopping center, to the tune of 5,000,000 gallons per year. This water is then used for irrigation, reducing demand on this precious commodity. Water Use – Speaking of water, the entire shopping center is over 30% more water-efficient than a typical shopping center. This has been accomplished through ultra-low flow fixtures, toilets and waterless urinals. Reflective White Roof – reflects away heat, keeping the entire center cooler. Low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) – paints, sealants, and adhesives were used throughout the project, improving indoor air quality for shoppers and workers. Porous Pavement Parking Lot – lets stormwater drain naturally and reduces local flooding. Construction Material Recycling – Over 85% of construction debris, totalling over 6000 tons of material, was kept out of the landfill through recycling or reuse. Recycled materials and those manufactured locally were used extensively throughout the project. High Seismic Excitation Considerations