Science and Technology Center
Coppin State University Science and Technology Center is seeking a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Based on current design assumptions, the project is tracking to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Following are highlights from the sustainable design strategies that the design team is pursuing for the project.
- The urban location of the project provides the opportunity to capture a number of credits related to the sites access to public transportation as well as its proximity to a number of retail services that will reduce car trips and the University's carbon footprint.
- Coppin has shown a progressive approach to accommodating and purchasing low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.
- The design of the site plan for the project provides for a large open quad that contributes to a number of LEED credits related to preserving habitat and open space as well as helping to reduce the urban heat island effect.
- The landscape design approach uses drought resistant plant species for the project.
- The project will use of waterless urinals and dual flush toilets which will have a substantial effect on reducing water use.
- The labs are being planned to provide point-of-use water purification which wastes much less water and energy to purify water than a central purification system.
- The team will use a number of other strategies in the rest rooms to reduce water use, including automatic sensors for faucets.
ENERGY AND ATMOSPHERE
- The building envelope will be designed to help reduce energy consumption by using low-E glass, a tight and well detailed air barrier and by providing a high level of insulation.
- Mechanical systems will use variable speed drives and high efficiency equipment to contribute to reduced energy use.
- A highly sophisticated lighting control system using daylight and occupancy sensors and timeclocks will be used to reduce overall energy use.
- Energy efficient transformers are specified that that exceed Department of Energy standards
- Lighting has been designed to consume less than .8 watts per square foot of building; this is substantially below the IES standard of 1.1 watts per square foot for a lab building.
- Heat recovery systems will be used in the mechanical systems to capture and recycle energy.
- Green power credits will be used to reduce the campus' overall carbon footprint.
MATERIAL AND RESOURCES
- We have carefully selected materials to emphasize recycled content.
- Regional materials and materials made in the USA will be preferred.
- There will be a construction recycling program that will seek to recycle up to 75% of construction waste.
INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
- As a science building there will be increased ventilation rates that will benefit the indoor air quality of the project.
- The commitment to commissioning the building will provide many benefits to the project beyond the LEED credit. Building mechanical systems will be monitored and fully commissioned to optimize their operating efficiency.
- All low-voc, (volatile organic compounds), materials will be used throughout the facility.
- Sophisticated digital lighting system controls will enhance user comfort and control of lighting.
- The building is configured to provide beneficial daylight to nearly all spaces while still remaining an efficient building footprint
- The project will seek innovation credits by providing green education information within the building lobbies, use best in practice green cleaning methods, and be an important part of a new campus-wide recycling program.
The project seeks to use best-in-class sustainability practices and to make the students and faculty that use the building daily aware of the energy use in the building and all of the other sustainable design practices that have been implemented through building.