Utah basketball complex grabs LEED gold

Utah basketball complex grabs LEED gold

The University of Utah has scored its first athletics building to be LEED gold certified.

The Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility, home to both men’s and women’s basketball, is officially a leader in sustainable design and energy efficiency, reports Utah Business. It’s the eighth building on campus to be certified gold or higher, and represents a commitment to a sustainable future through design.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a building rating system created by the United States Green Building Council to evaluate quality and achievement based on: sustainable design, green practices during construction and environmental performance over a year after construction is complete.

The 102,000-square-foot facility was manufactured using more than 23 percent of recycled materials and resources strategically selected from the Utah region to support local businesses and to reduce the environmental impacts associated with transportation. Moe than 12.5 percent of the total building materials include products that were manufactured and extracted within 500 miles of the site.

During construction, the project diverted nearly 85 percent of the on-site generated construction waste away from landfills.

The design implements a stormwater management plan that results in a 25 percent decrease in the volume of stormwater runoff from intense rain events. In addition, the hardscape and roof surfaces, including a rooftop terrace and garden, which offers a 360-degree view of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains, the university campus, downtown Salt Lake City and the Great Salt Lake, were designed to mitigate urban heat island — heat buildup around the facility — with lighter materials to minimize the impacts of the reflected sun on surrounding wildlife habitats.

The training facility is near U shuttle stops and UTA bus and TRAX routes. It also features on-site bicycle storage conveniently near the campus bicycle master plan’s desired routes.

The practice facility exceeds the LEED baseline energy performance rating by 38 percent, thanks to numerous strategies to make the building more efficient. All interior and exterior light fixtures are LED’s, the HVAC systems, building insulation and windows were selected to minimize energy waste.

Exterior fixtures were positioned to minimize light pollution, improve nighttime visibility and reduce impacts on surrounding environments. An indoor air quality (IAQ) standard was also set so a system could monitor outdoor air delivery, increase ventilation and enhance thermal comfort of occupants.


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