Historic Oldsmar Bank Goes Green

The City of Oldsmar has restored and preserved a 1918 building, now titled the Historic Oldsmar Bank building, by incorporating many elements that embody environmental stewardship.

In 2008, Oldsmar city officials were faced with having to demolish the building due to compromised structural integrity after nearly a century of ravaging storm events and flooding. City officials chose, instead, to invest in renovation with the intention of minimizing the impact to our landfill and to exemplify their leadership in revitalizing government buildings to today's green building standards.

During the restoration period, electric vehicles came to market and the City of Oldsmar adapted design plans for the Historic Oldsmar Bank to include an electric vehicle charging station with 2 reserved electric vehicle parking spaces easily accessible to the building's front entrance. Through a partnership with ChargePoint America, Oldsmar became the 1st municipality in the Tampa Bay area to install multiple electric vehicle charging stations on public streets.

The Historic Oldsmar Bank project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

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Benefits to the Environment
Construction generates enormous quantities of solid waste. The Historic Oldsmar Bank restoration project recycled nearly 90% of construction and demolition (C&D) waste that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. Recycling of C&D debris reduces demand for virgin resources and reduces the environmental impacts associated with resource extraction, processing and transportation.

This project recycled 162 tons of its C&D waste. As a visual reference, this tonnage is the approximate equivalent in size to 32 adult elephants of material that was diverted from the landfill. Reusable materials (interior doors, hardware, sinks, etc.) were donated to Habitat for Humanity to be re-purposed. Existing materials such as suspended ceiling panels, light bulbs / ballasts, drywall, metal ceiling grids, light fixtures, furring strips, HVAC units and ducts, wiring, and piping were all recycled prior to the start of renovation. Construction waste, including concrete, asphalt, plastic, wood, metals, and cardboard were all recycled as well.

While gutting the building's interior, "surprise elements" were uncovered and were reused in the design. For example, the building's original floor tiles were discovered under layers and decades of subsequent flooring materials. Upon dating the tiles by historic photos of the building's 1st tenants (in this instance, the post office), the city decided to incorporate the tiled area into the new interior design.

Existing brick that was removed from the former west fa├žade of the building as part of the renovation was stored onsite and reused to build the new decorative tower instead of disposing the old brick and buying new. The contractor utilized FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood throughout the construction when applicable.

Over 6,100 SF of black asphalt paving was removed from this site and replaced with landscaping and highly reflective materials. The new brick walkway pavers and open-grid parking pavers are water permeable and able to absorb up to the 1st inch of rainfall, significantly minimizing stormwater runoff into the bay. This new green space and landscaping is irrigated with reclaimed water. Outdoor benches are constructed of recycled plastic.

Photometric lighting studies were conducted during design to effectively reduce light pollution from exterior lighting on the site. High white roofing materials reflect sunlight and reduce heat island effects.

The building was designed to reduce the demand on our region's utilities supply. High efficiency LED lighting is utilized throughout the building, in the exterior bollard walkway lighting and interior elevator lighting. LED lighting provides up to 80% energy use reduction over traditional lighting energy use.

Motion / occupancy sensors are located throughout office spaces in the building and inside the elevator so that the lights are only on when the spaces or the elevator are actually in use. Commissioning and testing of the building's HVAC and lighting systems were conducted to ensure optimal efficiency in operation prior to and after occupancy.

Additional windows were added during design to enhance natural light inside the building. Daylight harvesting sensors automatically dim interior lighting (use less energy) when the available daylight is sufficient to light the building's interior. Appliances, television monitors, and computer equipment are Energy Star rated. Low flow water faucet fixtures, toilets, and urinals conserve significant amounts of water.

The Historic Oldsmar Bank design further ensures a healthy environment for its occupants. As the new high efficiency HVAC systems were installed, duct work and vents were sealed and covered throughout construction to minimize dust and particulates from contaminating the air ducts. Only no and/or low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints, sealants, adhesives, caulking, and carpets were utilized in the building to increase the levels of indoor air quality. No smoking was permitted inside the building during construction, and smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of any building entry or fresh air intake for the building. Recycling of paper, metals, plastic, cardboard, and glass is mandatory inside the building.

Oldsmar retains its tradition of accommodating services beyond their borders by providing space in this beautifully renovated building for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department, Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Oldsmar Historical Society Museum, and Oldsmar's City Council Chambers.

The Historic Oldsmar Bank's renovation not only saved the area's historic icon and provided space for vital service entities, but also reduced Oldsmar's regional carbon footprint and set an example of our commitment to environmental stewardship.

Photo Gallery
View a photo gallery of the Historic Oldsmar Bank building.