Gettysburg College's new Center earns green building certification

Gettysburg College's new Center for Athletics, Recreation and Fitness has earned Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

"The Center's LEED certification reflects Gettysburg College's continuing emphasis on sustainability," said President Janet Morgan Riggs, Class of 1977. "We are committed to raising our community's awareness of the impact we have on our environment and the responsibility we have to be good stewards of it."

The 55,000-square-foot Center will use at least 27.8 percent less energy and half as much water as a comparable non-LEED facility. The design's focus on sustainability reduces Gettysburg College's carbon footprint by nearly 2.45 million pounds annually. All energy for the building's heating and cooling will be from renewable sources that the college purchases.

More than 90 percent of the construction waste was recycled. The swimming pool filtration system will save more than 3 million gallons of water annually. The Center's landscaping features drought-resistant materials. Rainwater runoff will be collected in a 5,000-gallon retention system.

The Center connects to the west side of the Bream/Wright/Hauser athletic facility and features a natatorium with eight competition lanes, a five-lane warm-up pool, and a 375-seat spectator gallery.

The Center also boasts a 10,000-square-foot weight and fitness room; multipurpose spaces for aerobics, yoga, Pilates, spinning, and martial arts; a renovated training room with a Hydroworx therapy pool; and expanded facilities for campus recreation and experiential education programs including a bouldering area and climbing wall.

"The Center is the first major piece of the College's new campus master plan, which provides a blueprint for renovation and new construction over the next few decades," Riggs said. "As elements of the plan are implemented, Gettysburg will become greener — both literally and figuratively — as we increase energy efficiency and ecological sensitivity in our building renovations and new construction."

Gettysburg College is a charter signatory of the national Presidents Climate Commitment. Member institutions commit to becoming carbon neutral through a series of directives and benchmarked modifications to both infrastructure and curriculum.

The rigorous LEED certification process provides independent third-party verification of compliance with the highest green building and performance measures. LEED recognizes state-of-the-art strategies in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Cannon Design served as the architect. BL Companies provided the landscape architecture design. The design and pre-construction manager was the Stone House Group. The project manager was DANAC, a real estate development firm, and the construction manager was Kinsley Construction.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor

Posted: Wed, 17 Feb 2010

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