The Athletic Training Facility at Coastal Carolina University has achieved LEED Gold Certification by the USGBC. The facility consists of 3 floors, each serving a different purpose. The weight room, locker rooms (complete with showers), and equipment room are housed on the first floor whereas, the second floor contains classrooms and a cardiovascular area, and the offices, meeting rooms, and a kitchen are on the third floor.
The Athletic Training Facility, as part of a larger campus system, was awarded LEED points for alternative transportation options. The building is close to campus bus stops, and provides bike racks and showers for students and athletes commuting to the facility.
Indoors, the 62,000 SF building was designed with sustainable features that allow for improved energy efficiency and indoor air quality.Both during construction and prior to occupancy, an indoor air quality management plan was implemented to filter air in the building of contaminants resulting from the construction process.
The facility received points in the Water Use Reduction category. Calculations indicate that the project has reduced potable water use by 44.3%, through the installation of dual-flush water-closets; ultra-low-flush urinals; sensor operated lavatory faucets; and low flow showerheads and kitchen sinks.
The building’s energy system includes control systems to regulate energy use, and the building’s roof and site are both designed to lessen the heat island effect. Through the use of ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 guidelines, calculations indicate an energy cost savings of 28.2%. Individual lighting controls were provided throughout 95.2% of the individual workstations and group multi-occupant spaces have been provided with a high degree of controllability.
Lastly, the Athletic Training Facility was designed with a high percentage of recyclable materials, from cement to veneer, to steel decks. The LEED report stated that 31% of the total building materials value is comprised of material and/or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.
If you would like to learn more about LEED and other types of standards, and how they compare, we currently offer a course, “Sustainable Standards: Which is Right for Your Project?”. DWG is an approved AIA/CES provider for Continuing Education Learning Units. For more information or to sign up for a session, please contact Marie Dobrenz.