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Boomerang Buildings - A Sustainability Whitepaper

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Why Buy When You Can Lease? Make or Save Your Company Money with a Boomerang Building

A temporary building provides a unique, cost-effective solution that enables businesses to overcome expansion obstacles.

In most cases, these buildings are ready to install in a matter of weeks.

Installation is fast and turnkey, completed in as little as 30 days.

The cost of new buildings is high and the lifespan is anywhere from 30 to 50 years, whether you need it that long or not. Construct and lease a building for exactly what you need and only for how long you need it.

When in doubt, ask yourself the question: do I need to have this building in place for 50 years? If you are not sure you want to build a permanent building or your answers to the above questions are not crystal clear, consider the alternative.

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Boomerang Buildings - A Sustainability Whitepaper

  1. 1. www.boomerangbuildings.com Boomerang 4201 Delp Street, Memphis, TN 901.362.8700       Introduction   Expansion in an uncertain economy is a tricky ordeal for businesses, both small and large. With huge upfront costs, long-term financial obligations and an uncertain tax code, organizations face numerous obstacles in their efforts to grow. Because of this, some businesses are reluctant to make the necessary infrastructure additions to increase revenue or enhance their market share.   A temporary building provides a unique, cost-effective solution that enables businesses to overcome these obstacles, especially when it has an appealing build-to-lease model. In most cases, these buildings are ready to install in a matter of weeks. Installation is fast and turnkey, completed in just 21 days. Upon lease end, the removal takes just days.   An added benefit with temporary buildings is that they can be completely customized. Depending on project needs, it provides a fully enclosed dark interior with lighting, or a naturally lit interior with windows. These buildings can be insulated, resulting in a CO2 footprint reduction with the use of PV panels.   Project locations or special circumstances – including the risk of high winds, cooling and/or heating demand and security requirements – dictate engineering requirements for the structure. It has a standard wind load of 90 mph, which can be increased with further engineering, as well as a snow load of 50 lbs. per sq. ft. Security requirements, such as structural hardening, are met thanks to the metal siding with which these structures are built.       Business Case   Why are temporary buildings important to consider?   The cost of new buildings is high and the lifespan is anywhere from 30 to 50 years, whether you need it that long or not. Construct and lease a building for exactly what you need and only for how long you need it. Though typical capital leases are 2-5 years, a lease can be extended should a project take longer than the initial time frame. If more space is required, these modular buildings can be expanded to meet your needs.   When in doubt, ask yourself the question: do I need to have this building in place for 50 years? Is it really necessary, or will it be in the way of new expansion in 5-10 years?   If you are not sure you want to build a permanent building or your answers to the above questions are not crystal clear, consider the alternative.
  2. 2. www.boomerangbuildings.com Boomerang 4201 Delp Street, Memphis, TN 901.362.8700     Overview   Tents were sustainable long before there was a green movement. Since 1924, Mahaffey has taken numerous steps to adapt to these needs and decrease our ecological footprint.   All elements of these temporary structures are carefully deconstructed after each use, and then refurbished or repurposed for another project. Once the structure has reached the end of its useful life, it is recycled after selective deconstruction by contacting the local recycling centers and shipping directly to the nearest mill or smelter. The frame is then melted down and reused.   The Boomerang Building was designed with these goals in mind, resulting from customer demands to quickly rebuild fire stations and schools following the devastating tornados in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri.   Transform the thought of new or permanent construction by leasing a sustainable building that can be rapidly adapted to society’s changing needs.       Proposed Alternative   Introduction of the Alternative Solution Boomerang is the answer. Here’s why: New buildings have a lifespan of 30-50 years. Once they are built, you have to continually pay taxes, keep up with maintenance costs and budget for expensive utility bills – for interior/exterior lighting and heating/cooling.   Should the need arise for a temporary building and you have a limited installation time frame, Boomerang provides the ideal solution in just 21 days. For companies who don't want to commit to a large capital investment or when new construction is not yet in the budget, Boomerang's short- term lease frees up cash flow. It is also a smart alternative to the waste of resources constructing permanent buildings for needs of only 2-5 years. The Boomerang has a high content of recycled materials, is 100% repurposed after each project and is itself recyclable at the end of its useful life. This can contribute to the LEED credit ”Construction Waste Management” and may represent a 1-2 LEED point potential in MRc2.   The structural frame of the Boomerang Building is made from recycled steel and is manufactured in the United States, less than 70 miles from our headquarters. The total Post Consumer Recycled Content (Steel) is 80.9%.   Boomerang Buildings use high performance, CFC-free polyurethane insulation, resulting in energy efficiency, reducing the need for heating or cooling. The metal siding is made from steel that contains up to 80% recycled material. Insulated structures help reduce CO2 emissions by the lower energy need of the building climate control systems.   This building’s lighting system is designed using ENERGY STAR certified T5 (5/8" in diameter) lamps, or LED lighting for improved energy efficiency. Its metal roof is composed of 35% recycled content and is 100% reusable after each project.   Green buildings: Reduce construction costs. Reduce CO2 emissions. Reduce environmental impacts of new construction.
  3. 3. www.boomerangbuildings.com Boomerang 4161 Delp Street, Memphis, TN 901.362.8700     Reduce liability, and by this, lower insurance costs. Achieve more predictable results in the design, construction and operation of built environments. Save money through tax benefits (lease cost vs. depreciation deduction). Once the need no longer exists, the temporary building’s site can easily be restored to its landscaped origin.   The cumulative impact of the design, construction and operation of built environments has profound implications on the environment and the economy. So the question remains, does your organization really need to build a new, permanent building?     Application of the Alternative Solution Boomerang is easy and installed quickly. From the time the contract is signed until you have a fully functional building, averages out to just 21 days.   All components and materials that make up the Boomerang Building are recyclable and fully repurposed after each use. They are designed for deconstruction (D4D), providing flexibility and adaptability. So as your needs change, so can your building. The Boomerang can be reconfigured, expanded, dismantled and even relocated with ease. This design can help improve construction as well as reduce costs over the life of the building. D4D also minimizes building components and materials and reduces building complexity.   It is a structurally sound building. It has a standard wind load of 90 mph, which can be increased with further engineering, as well as a snow load of 50 lbs. per sq. ft. However, the building can be customized and fully engineered based on your location and local code requirements.   While we typically anchor into the ground, the Boomerang is designed not to require a foundation. We can erect on a number of different surfaces such as asphalt, concrete pads, gravel or dirt. Local codes may require a traditional foundation, and the Boomerang can certainly be erected on one. The design is meant to be “light on the land” causing the least amount of negative impact on our environment. This also makes the structure easier to move, should that be necessary.   The Boomerang’s lease structure allows for low start-up costs and overall financial savings with a full deduction of the cost in the same year. It also provides tax relief, as lease payments are usually considered a business expense.     Future Direction / Long-Term Focus   Think of an actual boomerang. It goes out; it comes back in. This process is repeated over and over, just as with the concept of repurposing. Maximize your dollar value when possible and keep options open for using the site for something else in the future.   While Boomerang may not be the only option, it is worthwhile to consider in the short term. Keep in mind that a flexible lease time it is a major cost factor. This building can provide breathing room to get long-term projects completed on time and on budget.
  4. 4. www.boomerangbuildings.com Boomerang 4161 Delp Street, Memphis, TN 901.362.8700     Conclusion   This concept takes green building to the next level. It encourages project teams to create environments that may be completely restored or regenerated once the need for the temporary building no longer exists. Through this effort, we are ultimately able to provide positive environmental, social and economic impacts.   The cost of new buildings is high and depreciation is slow: 39 years. Savings are considerable compared to a permanent building. When considering a lease versus depreciation savings…this could be your bonus fund!   By using these structures “doing the right thing” becomes the logical, economical and environmentally correct choice. Make a difference by leasing a temporary, sustainable Boomerang Building.
  5. 5. www.boomerangbuildings.com Boomerang 4161 Delp Street, Memphis, TN 901.362.8700     Appendices   Appendix A – Scenarios ENR Sourcebooks for building costs: http://enr.construction.com/toplists/sourcebooks/     Appendix B – Options Building Specifications: http://boomerangbuildings.com Fabric Structure Options: http://fabricstructures.com/products     Appendix C – Authors Joey Barker, Marketing Director Mahaffey Fabric Structures/Boomerang Buildings 901.604.0072 beth@boomerangbuildings.com   Joseph Marfi, Director of Sustainable Design and Construction Turner Construction 714.863.2059 jmarfi@tcco.com     Appendix D – References Boomerang Building Components: http://boomerangbuildings.com   USGBC Green Building Facts and Figures: http://new.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-facts https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=18693 http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/pubs/gbstats.pdf

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