Student Center

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Student Center Expansion

Sustainable/Green Design Features

Site and Building Development:

  • The building itself is developed on a previously developed site, preventing sprawl and habitat loss. This also reduced the addition of parking.
  • Landscape and Exterior were designed to reduce heat island effects, which minimizes impact on existing microclimates.
  • Paving materials used have a high Solar Reflectance Index.
  • The Building provides a direct connection between the Indoor and Outdoor by using daylight and views into regularly occupied areas. This is particularly demonstrated at the 3 levels of the Student Lounge.

Mechanical and Electrical Systems

  • 40% water use reduction by using low-flow plumbing fixtures.
  • Enhanced commissioning of systems is provided.
  • Fixtures utilize energy efficient “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.
  • All interior spaces have been provided with occupancy sensors.
  • 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.
  • Light fixtures with “multi-level” dimming ballasts and a single wall mounted occupancy sensor are utilized in private offices. 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 light sources are primarily LED, which allows us to exceed T24 requirements for exterior lighting by more than 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, ballasts are specified PCBfree.
  • Overall building energy performance designed to exceed Title 24.
  • 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.

Materials and Resources

  • Low VOC emitting materials are used including paint, carpet, adhesives, sealants,
    composite flooring, composite wood and panels.
  • Low-emittance glass used to suppress radiative heat flow.
  • Acoustical treatments in Dining Area and Meeting Rooms for a more comfortable and productive Indoor Environment.


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