vanReken Sustainable Design

  • Site design attributes such as:
    • No expansion of parking surfaces
    • Opportunities for Alternative Transportation such as via Bicycles
    • Maximization of open space
    • Integrated storm water management
    • Heat reflective roof
    • Reduced Light Pollution
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • Water Use Reduction
  • Improved building energy performance (11%)
    • Increased thickness of Roof Insulation
    • Energy efficient windows
    • Exterior Wall insulation
    • Heat reflective white roof
  • Construction Waste Management
    • Separation of construction waste
    • Recycling of specific types of construction waste
  • Materials with Recycled Content
  • Regionally provided Materials
    • Locally provided brick and concrete block
    • Regionally provided precast concrete plank
  • Natural Ventilation
  • Daylight Views in 90% of building spaces
  • Sustainable Design innovations:
    • Forestry Rehabilitation (Calvin Biology Dept.)
    • Geothermal Test Suite (Student Learning Project)

Unfortunately, we learned during the development of this project that the LEED sustainability requirements had changed. The new Requirements (LEED v2.2) included a requirement of at least two points in the Energy and Atmosphere Credit to Optimize Energy performance. This meant a minimum Energy Performance improvement of 14%. Given the restrictive nature of the design intending to be similar to the existing dorms, the improvements could only reach an 11% improvement, not achieving the 14% threshold.