Fire Mountain Gems Warehouse Phase 1 | Grants Pass, OR


1 Fire Mountain Way
Grants Pass, OR 97526-2373
215,800 SF
Fire Mountain Gems is a large internet retailer specializing in beads, gems, and tools for jewelers.  Locally known as “the Bead Bunker”, the  innovative warehouse and office design incorporates a variety of energy-saving features and was awarded a business energy tax credit from the Oregon Department of Energy.

The building has a row of clerestory windows around the entire perimeter allowing the maximum natural light to penetrate to the interior.  Sensors installed throughout the building automatically switch lights on and off based on the amount of natural light and level of activity in that area of the building. A night-purging air system sucks cool air in from the outside and releases heat for efficient natural cooling during the summer months. The Bead Bunker is also double insulated to further conserve the energy used. Green and taupe coloring on the outside of the building blend with the environment, making it pleasing to the eye.

Completed: 2006 Phase 1
Services: Design/Build
Facility Category:  Manufacturing/Distribution
Architect: Mark McKechnie
Design Team: Gary Caperna
Project Manager: Andy Batzer


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