Calif. university building achieves platinum status

Jan. 26, 2017

A university building in the Golden State has received a platinum designation.

The Student and Faculty Support Center building at California State University-East Bay achieved the certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to a press release.

The five-story, 75,344-square-foot, $29 million building was completed in December 2015. It houses faculty offices, support space and the campus Welcome Center.

Occupying 300 faculty members with an additional 200 to 400 students per day during the school year, the new building serves as a gateway space for the campus.

LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. CSUEB’s new space achieved LEED platinum certification by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“Ultimately, our hope is that this achievement inspires other higher education projects to achieve the same goal,” said Glenn Carels, Principal of LPA, which designed the support center.

Built on a previously developed location by public transportation, the building design optimizes energy performance with efficient designs for envelope, lighting and HVAC creating a project that is 30 percent better than Title 24 standards. The 147-kilowatt rooftop photovoltaic array is predicted to reduce energy costs by an additional 30 percent making this one of the most energy efficient building in the CSU system.

The holistic sustainable design approach included sustainable elements such as building water use reduction of more than 42 percent, landscape use reduction of 52 percent, reduction of heat island effects for roof and nonroof areas, storage and collection of recyclables, diverting more than 75 percent of construction waste from landfills and use of certified wood.

Operable windows on the fourth and fifth floors provide natural ventilation along with dramatic views for the shared circulation spaces and site landscaping is carefully integrated with bio-retention stormwater management strategies to treat site runoff.


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