Designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements, the following sustainable design strategies have been incorporated into the Wellness Center.
- Integrating a rain garden and dry wells into the landscape around the Wellness Center helps to reduce pollutants and returns storm water runoff into the ground instead of overwhelming the municipal storm water system.
- Bike racks near the entrance to the building encourage users to ride their bikes to the Center.
- The new roof’s highly reflective material mitigates creating a heat island effect.
- Low-flow fixtures installed throughout the building reduce water usage 20%-40% compared to a similar non-LEED building.
- The pool’s UV filtration system safely eliminates toxic chloramines and other disinfection by-products, requires less energy to operate and reduces water consumption resulting in a safer, greener, and easier to manage pool.
Energy and Atmosphere
- A campus-wide central geothermal plant heats and cools the building, working in conjunction with large, high volume fans in the gym spaces to increase efficiency.
- Energy efficient LED and fluorescent fixtures are installed and controlled by occupancy sensors to further reduce energy use.
- The original building is renovated and reconfigured to minimize waste and to preserve historic architectural elements. Demolished materials have been recycled instead of going into landfill.
- New materials like steel, concrete, carpet and flooring are made from recycled materials and come from regional manufacturers promoting the growth of the local economy while reducing transportation costs and energy.
- Wood used in the building is from certified suppliers and harvested sustainably.
Indoor Environmental Quality
- The building’s systems have been designed to ensure the delivery of fresh air into the building.
- All materials used in the building, from paints to carpeting, are low-emitting with little or no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
- The building has been “flushed out” prior to occupancy to remove any harmful compounds that may have accumulated during construction.
- The larger gym spaces have operable windows to allow for additional outdoor air on demand.
Innovation and Design Process
- The heat from the central geothermal plant along with waste heat from the pool dehumidification unit heats the pool water instead of using natural gas or electric energy.
- Heat from the central geothermal plant will also pre-heat the domestic hot water in the building.
- Strategies have been employed in the pool area to maximize daylight to reduce the reliance on artificial lighting.