Life Science & Fine Arts Building

Science Fine Arts building

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Life Science & Fine Arts Building

Sustainable/Green Design Features

Mechanical and Plumbing Systems

  • Variable frequency driven variable air volume HVAC systems saves fan energy.
  • Low pressure loss ductwork design saves fan energy.
  • Airside economizer provides “free cooling” when outdoor air temperature is low enough to be used for cooling.
  • Variable flow heating hot water distribution from campus central plant saves plant pumping energy.
  • Low pressure loss hot and chilled water piping design saves pump energy.
  • Energy Management System provides many energy saving temperature control strategies.
  • 95% high efficient gas fired water heater.
  • Water use reduction of over 26% by using 1.28 GPF water closets & 0.5 GPF urinals.
  • Overall building energy performance designed to exceed 2005 Title 24 by 16%.

Lighting Design

  • Overall Lumen Power Density meets T24 requirements, without taking control credits. Control credits would reduce the LPD by another 25%, approximately.
  • Energy Efficient Light Sources: Most fixtures utilize “super” T8 lamps, which provide additional lumen output at the same wattage as spec grade T8 lamps. T8 lamps remain one of the most efficient light sources available. Smaller light fixtures were specified with LED light source rather than less efficient CFL lamps.
  • Occupancy Sensors: All interior spaces have been provided with occupancy sensors.
  • Daylight harvesting: In conference rooms, meeting rooms, board room, open office areas, the main cafeteria and student gather spaces, fixtures have been provided with dimming ballasts and daylight sensors, which will reduce light levels and provide energy savings when adequate natural light is available.
  • Private offices: Light fixtures with “multi-level” dimming ballasts and a single wall mounted occupancy sensor. Upon entry, the lighting will only power up to 50% light levels (second level of lighting to 100% requires manual activation of switch). If natural light is available, the second level of light will be ‘held off’.
  • Exterior Lighting: Exterior light sources are LED, which allows us to exceed T24 requirements for exterior lighting by almost 50%. All lighting is controlled by a Lighting Control Panel with Astronomical Time Clock, and has been circuited ‘dual level’ so that not all lights would need to remain on dusk until dawn. Exterior lighting exceeds LEED requirements for Light Pollution Reduction.
  • Fluorescent lamps are specified with low mercury content and ballasts are specified as PCB-free.


  • Drought tolerant plantings


  • Low-VOC adhesives, sealants, paints & coatings on interior.
  • High recycled content acoustic ceiling tiles.
  • Reflective white TPO roofing certified by the “Cool Roof Rating council.”
  • Low maintenance carpet is CRI Green Label Plus certified and fully recyclable.
  • High performance glazing with a low solar heat gain coefficient.
  • Up to 15% recycled fly ash admixture to concrete.
  • Aggregate base includes 15% reclaimed asphalt pavement.

Miscellaneous Indoor Environmental Qualities

  • Daylight for over 75% of all regularly occupied spaces.
  • Views for over 75% of all regularly occupied spaces.
  • Acoustic rated partitions for improved learning environment.

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