Hogan Center Awarded LEED Silver Certification
The Hogan Center, home of the maroon and cream, is certified green.
Alma College’s renovated Hogan Center and new Art Smith Arena have been awarded LEED® certification at the Silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“From the very beginning of the Hogan project, we committed to designing the facility to be our first LEED-certified building for sustainable construction,” says Alma College President Jeff Abernathy. “I’m pleased that the building models environmental commitments that match the values of Alma College.”
Hogan Center lobby
The Hogan Center is the first LEED-certified building in Alma and Gratiot County, says Dave Buhl, vice president for business affairs.
“Several contractors worked with us on the project who deserve recognition for helping us achieve LEED Silver certification,” says Buhl. “The Collaborative Inc., the architectural firm that designed the facility, and MacMillan Associates, the engineering firm, incorporated the sustainable components into the design of the facility, and Wolgast Corporation, our construction firm, adhered to a strict set of guidelines to achieve the Silver certification. Numerous subcontractors also assisted with the construction.”
The Hogan project achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. Sustainable components include use of recycled content in ceiling panels, carpet, floor tiles, bleacher construction and sub-floor, along with maximized energy performance, water use reduction measures, and Energy Star-compliant roof system.
In addition, the GreenPlay hardwood basketball floor, one of the first in the country, meets enhanced standards for sustainable construction.
Art Smith Arena
By using less energy and water, the Hogan Center reduces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community, says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the USGBC.
“The Hogan Center’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” says Fedrizzi. “The urgency of USGBC ‘s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Hogan Center serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”
The $10.6 million project, completed last August, includes renovated locker rooms, athletic training space, natatorium, coaches offices and classrooms in the existing athletics building along with the addition of the 29,000-square-foot Art Smith Arena, which serves as the College’s primary venue for commencement, convocations, major events and athletics.
The arena, accented by the College’s official colors of maroon and cream, seats 2,430, with additional floor seating of 600 available for non-athletics events. The handicap accessible facility has a ground-level entrance, new elevators and a 6,600-square-foot lobby with concession stand and restrooms. The basketball arena features theatre-style seating on the “home” side of the court.
The Hogan project was funded by a combination of gifts and the sale of bonds.
The Hogan Center’s Sustainable Components
The Hogan Center, including the new Art Smith Arena, was designed to be a LEED-certified building. Following are the sustainable components of the facility:
• Recycled content in ceiling panels, rubber floor tiles, vinyl floor tiles and sub-floor system
• Energy Star compliant roof system with a solar reflective index of less than 78
• Water use reduction measures (waterless urinals, low flow fixtures, etc.)
• Water efficient landscaping
• Reduced light pollution: Exterior lighting meets egress code minimums, with no excess building lighting. All exterior lights are shielded to minimize light pollution.
• Refrigerant management: Project utilizes all CFC refrigerant, which is not harmful to the environment
• Optimized energy performance: Building systems are designed to maximize energy performance by operating at 20 percent more efficient than the energy code requires.
• Construction waste management: Diverted demolition and construction debris to recycling centers
• Used certified wood with at least 50 percent of the wood products certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council as well as certificates of ownership from harvesting wood products through installation.
• Low emitting materials: Adhesives and sealants, paintings and coatings, and carpeting
• Controllable systems with occupancy sensors and individual lighting controls, mechanical controls monitored at a centralized computer station
• Thermal comfort verification
Posted: Tue, June 14th, 2011 at 7:54AM