- The building will be designed and constructed by a dedicated team of LEED professionals in accordance with LEED Silver certification requirements as set forth by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
- Sea Gull Stadium (SS) is being constructed in a pre-developed area, limiting sprawl. It replaces the existing stadium and a portion of an existing parking lot.
- The site design will be completed in such a way as to promote accessibility by foot and bike, as well as public transportation, and therefore will limit the amount of additional impervious area required.
- The site incorporates a storm water retention area creatively constructed below the Stadium bleachers such that 100% of rain water will be captured on-site (no run-off).
- The site incorporates permeable pavers and pavements to allow rain water to infiltrate into the ground.
- The roof incorporates a high albedo (reflectivity) surface membrane to reduce the heat island effect which will reduce the amount of mechanical cooling required within the building.
- The building will include bicycle rack space for at least 32 bicycles, encouraging students, faculty and staff to cycle instead of driving.
- At least 20% of all materials used to construct the building will be purchased locally, requiring less fuel and reducing emissions created in shipping.
- Water savings are being achieved by selecting water saving fixtures such as low-flow toilets, low-flow shower heads, urinals, and time-metered faucets.
Energy & Atmosphere
The following strategies were implemented throughout the facility to increase energy efficiency:
- The greatest energy savings is being achieved through the design of a high efficiency building envelope to reduce the heat gain/ loss during the peak months of HVAC use. Energy efficient glass and glazing will be used throughout the building’s exterior envelope.
- LED lighting shall be used throughout the facility.
- High performance mechanical (HVAC) systems will be installed to reduce energy usage and lower operating costs.
- Lighting controls such as occupancy sensors will prevent fixtures from being left on unnecessarily; daylight sensors will auto-dim a fixture should enough natural light permeate the space to reach the desired threshold.
- Incorporation of skylights (tubular skylight) in the locker room areas to provide natural light to otherwise dark interiors.
- The building will be fully commissioned to ensure that all mechanical systems (HVAC) will operate at their designed efficiencies. Ongoing monitoring through a building automation system will ensure that the systems will perform as designed through their lifespan.
- Through the use of carbon dioxide sensors located throughout the building, the volume of outside air introduced into the facility will be safely minimized at times of low usage. This will insure that the Stadium facility uses 20% to 25% less energy for heating and cooling than a comparable building constructed using Best Practices.
Materials & Resources
- Over 75% of the construction waste (by weight) will be diverted from landfill; inclusive of materials such as metal, wood, concrete, and sheet rock.
- Over 20% recycled and regional products will be utilized in various building materials.
- On-campus recycling has improved to a rate of over 45% (as per a recent 2013 survey), recycling items such as food waste, electronic equipment, printer toner, fluorescent tubes, glass, and aluminum. These practices will continue at the new Stadium.
Indoor Environmental Quality
- The building will be designed for maximized daylight and views. This will optimize function as well as individual comfort and performance.
- Motion sensors to control lighting will be used in a significant portion of the building, thus reducing energy.
- Green Cleaning and Integrated Pest Management Plans were updated to the latest version of Green Housekeeping Standards and are being implemented to ensure that the use of toxic chemicals is minimized.
- To minimize VOC (volatile organic compound) levels, low-VOC paints and coatings will be installed.
- Flooring and furniture throughout the building space will be low VOC.
- Carbon dioxide sensors and humidity controls will be incorporated in the ventilation system to improve air quality and reduce energy usage, thus lowering operating costs.
- Plastic laminate adhesives and substrates have no added urea-formaldehyde, which is a skin and respiratory irritant as well as a suspected carcinogen.