Fine Arts

Fine Arts Expansion

Sustainable/Green Design Features

Mechanical Systems

  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Low pressure loss / oversized ductwork design (oversized for sound but results in energy savings)
  • Low pressure loss hydronic piping design
  • Variable air volume air distribution
  • Variable volume hydronic heating and chilled water system
  • Carbon dioxide monitoring and ventilation controls
  • Central air-handling units with variable frequency drives and economizer operation
  • Sub-zoned telecom / electrical rooms to allow shut-down of central equipment during off-hours
  • HVAC systems designed to meet comfort and ventilation requirements.
  • Air-handler unit filtration, higher than code minimum, for improved indoor air quality
  • Full, direct digital energy management and control system to be connect to central campus system

Lighting Design

  • We have integrated a new lighting control system into the building that will automatically shut down the lighting after hours. This applies to exterior lighting and interior spaces where occupancy sensors were not practical.
  • Occupancy Sensors have been provided in private offices, storage spaces, restrooms, etc., with dual level lighting control so that uses can adjust the light levels to a lower setting at their discretion.
  • Full cut-off exterior Light fixtures have been selected with ‘dark sky compliance’ in mind.
  • We’ve exceeded Title 24 Lighting Compliance requirements by approx. 10%. By taking control credits, we might have approached 15%.
  • We are using an intelligent fluorescent dimming system in the band room – this is an application that conventionally would include inefficient halogen lighting source.
  • In the recording studio, control booth and isolation room, where halogen lighting was a program requirement, we have provided multiple levels of dimming. We have also provided fluorescent lighting at these spaces, so that an efficient light source is available when these areas are being used as instructional space.


  • LOW VOC paints on interior
  • Concrete: Recycled content fly ash, GGBFS, Silica Fume) not to exceed 35%
  • Gypsum board with recycled paper and core material
  • ACT: recycled content
  • Insulation: mineral wool.
  • Acoustics treatment: relates to indoor environment quality.
  • Carpet and Adhesive: Low VOC type
  • Steel: Recycled content (minimum 25% by industry standard per LEED reference guide)

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