The 2009 Waco, TX Chamber of Commerce project was born of a need for a new building to call home, as well as an opportunity for the community to distinguish itself.

Project Challenge

The 2009 Waco, TX Chamber of Commerce project was born of a need for a new building to call home, as well as an opportunity for the community to distinguish itself.

Fixed on the objective of designing the most sustainable and efficient building possible, the architectural team focused on sending the message that Waco is an environmentally friendly, inviting and livable economic hub as well as reaching a goal of constructing the first-ever U.S. LEED certified Chamber of Commerce.

Working on a tight budget, the construction team forged an energy-efficient 14,000 square foot plan to maximize daylight and provide occupant comfort in Texas’ summertime temperatures which exceed 100 degrees. Additionally, these same extreme temperatures dictated that exterior products be durable and reliable, in addition to beautiful.

Architectural Solution

The project team partnered with JELD-WEN for solutions, including ENERGY STAR® qualified doors and wood windows, aiding the reduction of energy costs while protecting interior furnishings.

Made with JELD-WEN’s proprietary AuraLast® Wood, these windows provide assurances against termites and fungal decay, and are made with materials treated in an environmentally friendly manner.

“When it came to selecting the right windows and doors, our top priority was quality that would also help us achieve a certain look and profile,” said Keith Bailey, Partner at RBDR Architects. “That led us to JELD-WEN. The experts at JELD-WEN worked with us to solve design challenges that helped us meet all of our goals. In addition to beautiful, high quality products, this project benefitted greatly from their support and expertise. It’s why we’ve used JELD-WEN products for our other commercial projects as well.”

Upon completion, the United States Green Building Council awarded the project LEED Gold certification, not only meeting the goals of the project team, but exceeding them. This was the first U.S. Chamber of Commerce building to earn LEED Gold distinction. JELD-WEN is proud to have been part of such a major achievement, setting a high standard for other commercial projects of this type.

Product Details

  • Siteline EX Clad Wood Windows and Patio Doors with AuraLast Wood
  • AuraLast Wood provides termite protection
  • ENERGY STAR qualified
  • Structural mulled window units
  • Continuous trim coil and mullions provide design flexibility
  • Seamless integration of window and door units

Project Team

  • Architect: RBDR Architects - Waco, TX
  • Builder: Barsh Company - Waco, TX
  • Dealer: EnergyShop - Carrollton, TX