School of Business Building an International First for Highest "Green" Standard
The Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise joins a select group of fewer than 100 buildings in the world to be certified platinum by the USGBC, with fewer than a dozen of those located on a U.S. college or university campus.
"We are delighted to earn platinum-level status and to help advance Ithaca College's goal of becoming one of the nation's leading proponents of sustainability," said Susan West Engelkemeyer, dean of the School of Business. "This project allows the school to clearly demonstrate the triple bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity. While the building's design reduces energy and water consumption -- and consequently utility costs -- it also maximizes views and natural light and facilitates community-building through its soaring atrium and smaller meeting spaces."
The 38,800-square-foot facility, which opened with the start of the spring 2008 semester, was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Atelier 10 served as the environmental design consultant, with construction managed by Gilbane Building Company.
Numerous innovative features of the Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise help reduce the building's overall carbon footprint. They include:
- A vegetated roof to help control wastewater runoff and provide a thermal cushion against significant temperature fluctuation
- Heat and light from a multistory, south-facing wall of glass to dramatically reduce energy consumption
- Extensive use of natural lighting throughout the building, minimizing energy needs
- A white roof to reduce heat load in the building
- Purchase of 50 percent of the electricity used for the building from renewable sources
- A storm water reclamation system for use with the building's plumbing
- A physical environment intentionally created to encourage a sense of community, shared purpose, and collaboration.
The LEED system awards points according to a strict set of criteria that fall within a half-dozen categories, such as indoor environmental quality, materials and resources, and water efficiency. Projects can be designated at one of four levels (in ascending order) -- certified, silver, gold, or platinum -- based on the number of points earned. A minimum score of 52 is required to be deemed platinum, with the Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise credited by the USGBC for all 56 points submitted for certification.
"The faculty, staff, and students as well as a dedicated cadre of alumni and other friends of the School of Business provided the inspiration and the commitment to make this achievement possible," said President Thomas R. Rochon. "That we could soon have two platinum LEED buildings on campus makes it all the more exciting."
Currently under construction adjacent to the school is a new administrative building, which will house offices for enrollment planning (including admission, financial aid, and the bursar), human resources, and graduate studies, as well as senior administration. That facility, which was designed by HOLT Architects to meet platinum LEED standards, is expected to be completed later this fall.
Dorothy D. Park contributed the lead gift toward the $19 million School of Business building project, which was part of the college’s "Making a World of Difference" fund-raising campaign. She is president of the Park Foundation, which has supported a number of programs that foster education and the environment at the college and in the local community. Her late husband, Roy H. Park, was the founder of Park Communications Inc. and a longtime chairman of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees.
Originally published in Intercom: School of Business Building an International First for Highest "Green" Standard.