On Feb. 7, the new athletic center earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification through Green Building Certification Inc.! Harker’s Nichols Hall science and technology center already received LEED Gold Certification and the brand new Rothschild Performing Arts Center (RPAC), which just opened last Friday, is on track for certification. The athletic facility opened in August.
Here are some of the features that helped the building achieve LEED Gold Certification.
- White reflective paint on roof
- Bioswales to filter runoff water
- Photovoltaic cells (supplying 25 percent of the electricity needed for the athletic center and RPAC)
- Plumbing fixtures are designed for 40 percent reduced water use from baseline
- Dedicated parking for high-efficiency vehicles
- Exterior lights with photometric layout to reduce light pollution
- 95 percent of construction debris diverted from landfill
- No volatile organic compounds emissions from carpet or paint
- No volatile organic compounds emissions from wood
- Occupancy sensors on interior lighting
- Glazing on windows that minimizes solar heat transfer
- Structural steel contains 80 percent recycled content
- LED lighting throughout interior and exterior of both buildings, plus the parking lot
Many thanks to Mike Bassoni, facility director, for his efforts in achieving this certification!