SPC building named “Project of the Year” by US Green Building Council

October 28, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

St. Petersburg College announced today that the Clearwater Campus, LEED Gold certified Natural Science, Mathematics and College of Education (NM) building was named the 2011 Outstanding Project of the Year: LEED-NC Higher Education by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.

The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a nationally accepted certifier of high performance and environmentally sensitive buildings.

“Environmentally friendly building operations provide nearly 40% of the solution to the climate change issue,” said Jason Green, SPC’s Sustainability Coordinator. “Even though climate change exists as part of a global challenge, we are attempting to address it locally through sustainable building design and other college-wide initiatives.”

The NM building was designed to decrease pollution and negative impacts on the environment; decrease impact on local aquifers; decrease energy consumption; and increase the quality of indoor air and the indoor working environment.

The building includes “Green Cleaning” products. Reflective roofing and paving materials result in cooler surfaces. Preferred parking spaces are provided for fuel-efficient vehicles/carpools, and bicycle storage and shower/changing facilities are located within the building.

Composite wood products contain no added urea formaldehyde, and all adhesives, paints and carpets meet low volatile organic compound (VOC) standards. To ensure proper function and minimize energy loss through building exhaust, chemistry laboratory fume hoods were tested and commissioned. There is no smoking within 25 feet of any entry.

The building’s design should inspire students, said Charm Callahan, SPC’s interior designer.

“This green building provides an example for students to actually experience the impact of thoughtful and responsible design,” she said.

From left: Mike Wilson, Mills Gilbane Project Executive; Jason Green, SPC Sustainability Coordinator; and Michael Carter, SPC Director of Design and Construction.

Additional facts about the building:

  • The building houses the college’s first photovoltaic solar installation.
  • 43 percent water savings achieved through low-flow fixtures, dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals.
  • At least 86 percent of all construction waste recycled. As a result, 3,147 tons of construction waste was diverted from landfill.
  • On a cost basis, more than 5 percent of the materials used in the building were salvaged, refurbished or reused; 21 percent contain recycled content; and at least 30 percent were extracted, harvested, recovered, and/or manufactured within 500 miles of the building.
  • 71 percent of wood-based materials and products were certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s Principles and Criteria.

“We currently operate two LEED Gold buildings at SPC and we hope to complete two additional by the end of 2012,” said Michael Carter, SPC’s Director of Design and Construction.

For more information visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability/.

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who we are:

Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

what we do:

Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

learn more:

To learn more about The Office for Sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at green.jason@spcollege.edu

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