|Business News: 06-18-13|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 18 June 2013 10:16|
The new University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation building has just been recognized with LEED Silver distinction by the US Green Building Council for its energy saving design and construction.
LEED stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design."
Munger Munger + Associates Architects Inc. designed the award winning building and it was built by Willson Builders/SA Comunale Co., Inc./Westfield Electric, Inc./Warner Mechanical Corp.
Funds for the project were a public/private partnership, including State of Ohio dollars and contributions from the business community, including lead gifts by Bob and Sue Savage together with Savage & Associates, hence the naming Savage & Associates Complex for Business Learning and Engagement Building.
Among the energy saving features recognized were extensive use of daylighting, high efficiency lighting and HVAC systems, high levels of insulation, materials that were regionally manufactured to save transportation costs, recycled building material content, water saving plumbing fixtures, a living planted "green roof," the use of locally indigenous plants, including "rain gardens," among many other 21st century techniques and practices. All of the modern attributes were accommodated within a collegiate Gothic construct of stone to fit the highly visible "front door" Bancroft Street traditional UT main campus.
The Savage & Associates CBLE Building's massing and form symbolically serve as a bridge from the University Community to the Toledo/Northwest Ohio Business Community. It houses labs and classrooms tying together with the 30 year old Stranahan Hall College of Business Administration office and classroom building, itself an award winning energy efficient work also by Munger Munger + Associates Architects Inc.
The Ohio Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing recently achieved its third LEED certification on base since 2010. Working with its design consultant, Woolpert, the 180th Fighter Wing achieved LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) on the $11.3 million munitions storage complex.
The munitions storage complex consists of eight facilities on a 20-acre site adjoining the airfield. Factors contributing to the munition storage complex LEED Silver certification include alternative energy sources, such as photovoltaic fields and solar hot water systems, incorporated into the design of the facility. These energy sources minimize public power consumption.
The team also gave special consideration during the planning process to protecting as much of the mature oak grove as possible as well as the nearby wetlands. Paving required for interconnectivity was held to a minimum to maintain as much green space as possible.
Woolpert worked with the 180th Fighter Wing to achieve LEED certification on two other facilities: the squadron operation building renovation and addition, which achieved LEED Gold certification in 2010, and the multi-use facility, which achieved LEED Silver certification in 2012.
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