The USGBC SC Chapter is pleased to announce the new Engineering Technology and Sciences Building, designed for Midlands Technical College’s Northeast Campus, has earned LEED Gold Certification. The 68,000 square foot lab and classroom building, designed by Quackenbush Architects and built by Contract Construction, was completed in the spring of 2013. The facility is the new home for a number of programs focusing on clean energy technology, biotechnology, and advanced manufacturing.
The facility showcases flexible lab and classroom spaces designed to respond to changes in mission and technology, as well as a variety of student centered “casual” spaces encouraging social interaction. The exterior design reflects the priority Midlands Tech places on integration of technology into all aspects of its teaching mission. Large expanses of glass and metal highlight gathering and collaborative learning spaces, and classrooms receive generous amounts of day lighting as an aid to student performance. The addition integrates with the existing campus both aesthetically and functionally, with a large pond defining a “natural classroom” at the rear of the building.
The building design incorporates efficient mechanical and plumbing systems projected to save 24% more energy and nearly 43% more potable water than the calculated baseline. The building materials include 27% recycled content and 30% locally sourced materials. Over 92% of the waste generated in the construction of the building was recycled rather than land-filled. Other features incorporated to showcase sustainable building strategies in the facility include a cool roof and light reflective pavers to mitigate heat island effect; bicycle infrastructure; preferred parking for carpools and low-emitting, fuel efficient vehicles; and a significant amount of open space retained on campus for use by students and staff.
Quackenbush Architects + Planners is a full-service architecture and planning firm located in Columbia, SC. The firm specializes in educational, institutional, civic, and commercial projects. Its services span from building design to land planning to interior design. The firm’s portfolio includes projects for universities, cities, colleges, government agencies, school districts, and private clients. The team’s work reflects commitment to innovation, sensitivity to our regional context, and the richness that comes from collaboration with our clients and the community.
For further information contact:
Doug Quackenbush AIA LEED AP, (803) 771-2999
Quackenbush Architects + Planners
Columbia, South Carolina