The U.S. Green Building Council just announced that Muller Road Middle School has earned LEED for Schools Certification. Quackenbush Architects + Planners designed the 176,000 square foot school for Richland School District Two. It has also received Merit Awards from the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and from the South Carolina Chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International.
Located in the rapidly growing Blythewood area, the new middle school is designed for an initial population of 1050 students. The 17-acre site includes play fields, a planned area for a future center magnet program, and an ample amount of open green space. Preferential parking is given to carpools and low-emitting vehicles, and bicycle infrastructure is also provided.
The building is organized around a large courtyard providing outdoor learning and teaching spaces via a pavilion and landscaped areas. Three academic “houses” accommodate flexible, collaborative central spaces to provide diversity of learning options. Within each house are larger flexible classrooms that open via large folding glass doors into two story collaboration areas full of daylight from the clerestory above. Roof overhangs are carefully designed and sunshades provided to control the light entering the building.
The building design incorporates efficient mechanical and plumbing systems projected to save 18% more energy and nearly 23% more potable water than the calculated baseline. The building materials include 20% recycled content and 25% locally sourced materials, with the exterior of the building combining glass, metal panels, and local brick in a timeless but modern composition. Nearly 86% of the waste generated in the construction of the building was recycled rather than sent to a landfill.
The project is designed in collaboration with the Perkins + Will K-12 Studio, and was built by LeChase Construction Services with Cumming as Construction Manager.
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.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 25, 2014) – Today, the Palmetto Green Schools initiative applauded the passage of S. 975 by the General Assembly which recognize that the last Saturday of each September is the Green Apple Day of Service in South Carolina.
Since its inception in 2011, the Green Schools Caucus has grown to include nearly 50 members and last September dozens of legislators took part in a variety of projects at schools across the state.
Senator Ray Cleary, (R-Georgetown), the chair of the caucus, said, “The resolution the General Assembly passed shows that making our schools sustainable and healthy is an issue on which both parties can agree. The Palmetto Green Schools initiative teaches our children to lead healthier lives while also focusing on the STEM courses that will prepare them for the 21st Century workplace.”
“In addition to being an excellent tool for learning, green schools save taxpayers money,” noted Adrienne Montare, Executive Director of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute for Architects, a partner in the Palmetto Green Schools initiative. “A typical green school saves enough money for the salaries of two teachers and to pay for 5,000 textbooks.”
“The resolution by the SC state legislature is a positive step forward in the Green Schools initiative,” said Dan Gerst,, Communication Chair for the South Carolina Chapter of the US Green Building Council. “By embracing natural resource and energy conservation in schools, our elected officials are sending a strong message to the state about the importance of sustainability and for that, we are thankful.”
About Palmetto Green Schools
The mission of the Palmetto Green Schools initiative is to launch and sustain the state’s first green schools program. This is not only an effort to “green” our state schools but also to create a healthier and more successful learning environment for SC students by focusing on activities such as reducing waste, reducing energy costs, and increasing awareness and energy policies and procedures across the state.
Contact: Alan Hancock
March 14, 2014 John Hansen, Associate, Craig Gaulden Davis Architects was elected by the USGBC Southeast Region Committee to represent the nine-state Region on the USGBC national Chapter Steering Committee. The USGBC Southeast Region Committee represents nine states and 11 Chapters and John most recently served as its Chairman. The USGBC Chapter Steering Committee (CSC) provides expertise, perspective, market intelligence, and best practices to advance the mission of the USGBC through its 77 US Chapters.
Hansen was the first Chair of USGBC SC Chapter Upstate Branch in 2007. He also served in many USGBC SC Chapter leadership positions: Chair of the first SustainSC conference in 2009, SC Chapter Board Chairman in 2010, SC Chapter Representative on the USGBC Southeast Region Committee and currently serves on the SC Chapter Board of Advisers.
The US Green Building Council (USGBC), a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization, is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With 77 chapters nationwide, USGBC is best known for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, which promotes application of green building strategies and provides third-party verification for projects seeking certification.
|Photograph courtesy of Brasfield & Gorrie, General Contractors.|
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Greenville, SC with LEED Gold Certification. The new 78,000 square foot outpatient clinic expands primary care services to Veterans and their families in the northern sector of the state of South Carolina.
Located on a rehabilitated site near the Greenville Hospital System, the new VA Outpatient Clinic is close to public transportation and community amenities. The clinic has improved energy performance by over 30% to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use – not a small feat considering healthcare facilities have one of the highest energy usage intensities of any building type. The clinic’s energy savings are a direct result of implementing a combination of strategies: optimizing the thermal envelope and reducing thermal loads inside the building by installing occupancy sensors and daylighting controls in perimeter offices and waiting areas, allowing for more efficient HVAC equipment such as high-efficiency condensing boilers (up to 95% efficient) and a heat recovery chiller that recovers rejected heat from the condenser-side and is able to simultaneously provide heat and cooling during favorable conditions. The clinic has also focused significant efforts on enhancing indoor environmental quality (IEQ), one of the most important environmental concerns for a healthcare facility, as well as promoting occupant comfort, well-being, and productivity.
|Photograph courtesy of Brasfield & Gorrie.|
Bob Hughes, President of Hughes Development Corporation, reflected, “We accepted the opportunity to develop a new Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic (VA OPC) in Greenville to benefit the many veterans across Upstate South Carolina by providing a first-class, sustainable facility to meet their healthcare needs. Our company has focused on sustainable development for decades. The government’s standard for the VA OPC was LEED Silver, but our team’s goal was never less than LEED Gold. It was our pleasure to provide the VA OPC with a LEED Gold facility, the first of its kind, to benefit the veterans.”
The success of this project is due to a collaborative effort between the owner/developer (Hughes Development Corporation), design team (Design Strategies), contractor (Brasfield & Gorrie), and LEED consultant (Epsten Group).
Hughes Development Corporation is a full-service real estate development company that focuses on downtown redevelopment, urban infill, and mixed-use development. It has been the company’s objective to build sustainable buildings that will last lifetimes and benefit the community and future generations.
Epsten Group provided LEED consulting, energy modeling, and commissioning services for the Greenville VA Outpatient Clinic project. Epsten Group’s legacy is innovation in the built environment and building certification services. With their proven expertise in sustainable design, LEED consulting, energy modeling and building commissioning, they make it easy for their clients to adopt sustainable building goals that result in functional, affordable and attractive spaces. Their state-of-the industry knowledge and in-depth experience serves a broad clientele, including owners, developers, program managers, construction managers, architects, engineers and green building consultants.
For further information contact:
Johnna S. Keller, Project Manager
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the York County Natural Gas Authority (YCNGA) Customer Service Center in Rock Hill, SC with LEED v3.0 Silver Certification. This is the first LEED certified Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Filling Station project in SC.
Designed by Yates Chreitzberg Hughes (YCH) Architects, and constructed by JM Cope Construction of Rock Hill, SC, the YCNGA Customer Service Center consists of a 17,700 square foot, two-story building that was constructed on a wood pile foundation in order to re-develop an urban building site containing deep extending unsuitable soils. The facility serves as the Owner’s primary customer service and bill pay offices, and also includes an appliance showroom, teller line and drive thru lanes. The project site also houses a CNG Filling Station, which is utilized by the YCNGA for fueling of its own fleet of natural gas vehicles and is also open to the general public.
The facility was designed to use 20% less energy and 35% less water than code required minimums. All hot water heating within the building is provided by tankless, gas fired water heaters, reducing the amount of energy needed for water heating by over 50%. In addition, 1,200 tons, or 98%, of the waste generated during the construction and demolition process was sent to a recycling center and diverted from landfills. Low VOC interior finishes and abundant windows for natural daylighting improve the indoor environmental quality for building users.
At the forefront of sustainability for the project is a CNG Filling Station, which currently supplies approximately 10,000 gasoline gallon equivalents per month and serves both the YCNGA fleet and also the general public. As a natural gas energy provider, YCNGA has utilized the CNG Filling Station as a resource to promote the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles and to provide much needed fueling access for these vehicles in the area.
YCH Architects is a full service Architectural firm located in Concord, NC, which provides regional services throughout the Southeast focusing on sustainability and environmentally responsible design solutions. The Firm’s design portfolio centers on Corporate, Healthcare, Public Education, Higher Education, Municipal / Government and Automotive / Motorsports.
For further information contact:
Bill Hughes, AIA, LEED (704) 788 2000
The SC Chapter Chair, Bachman Smith announces that the SC Chapter Board of Directors has selected new leadership for 2014.
Douglas Rackley has been elected Vice Chair for 2014 and is on deck to become Chair in 2015. Douglas is a LEED AP BD+C and project architect with DP3 Architects in Greenville, SC. He earned his undergraduate degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master of Architecture degree from Clemson University. He is a member of Greenville AIA and served as Secretary for two years. He served on the 2012 USGBC SC Upstate Branch Steering Committee and co-chaired the Programs Committee.
Hiren Shah has been re-elected Treasurer. Hiren received his bachelors in architecture degree from M.S. University, India and Master in architecture degree from University at Buffalo (SUNY), Buffalo, NY. He has served as a board member of AIA Grand Strand, AIA Grand Strand Communications Chair & Newsletter editor, and he is also currently serving on the “Green Building and Sustainable Living” committee of the City of Myrtle Beach.”
Rick Huffman has been elected Secretary and joins the SC Chapter Executive Committee. He was founder and former president of the South Carolina Native Plant Society. He received the 2003 Environmental Educator of the Year Award from the Environmental Educators Association of South Carolina. He received the 2007 Governors Award for Environmental Awareness. In 2010, Rick received Upstate Forever’s Volunteer of the Year Award.
Mary Pat Crozier has been elected SERC Rep. Mary Pat formed Crozier Architecture, LLC in 2006 to provide sustainable design consulting and LEED project management services to building owners, architects and contractors. In 2001, she became a LEED Accredited Professional. She is a founding member of the USGBC SC Chapter, and has served on the Board of Directors, education and branch formation committees.
Eleni Glekas has become Education Chair. Eleni holds a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute, a Master’s in Conservation of Monuments and Sites from the Raymond Lemaire Center for International Conservation at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and a BA in History from George Mason University.
Sarah Hodge has become Membership Chair. Sarah is business development and marketing director at Energy Ace where she promotes sustainability in the building industry. She is eager to support USGBC SC Chapter’s efforts in sustainability and LEED.
(Dec. 23, 2013) – The U.S. Green Building Council South Carolina Chapter announces its newest board members. These new directors will serve a two-year term starting January 1, 2014.
“Our Board plays an indispensable role by making key decisions about how the organization serves our membership, educates the industry, and advances our mission,” said Bachman Smith IV, Board Chair 2014. “This engaged and dedicated group of industry leaders reflects the diversity of the rapidly growing market that we serve and is committed to shaping the future of green building.
“The additions to the SC Chapter Board will provide valuable expertise and leadership experience that will enhance our work as we execute the next iteration of the chapter’s strategic plan,” said Mark Godfrey, Board Chair 2013. “Our efforts are paramount to the chapter’s mission of transforming buildings and improving the quality of life for all South Carolina citizens. It is an honor to support the SC Chapter in its journey toward healthy and environmentally responsible buildings, schools, and homes. I look forward to continuing to support the work of this diverse and passionate Board and our amazing volunteers.” Mark Godfrey, will become Past Chair and will move to the Chapter Advisory Committee.
In addition to the new board members, the following individuals will remain on the 2014 USGBC SC Chapter Board of Directors:
To learn more about USGBC SC Chapter leadership, visit http://www.usgbcsc.org/site/?page_id=49.
U.S. Green Building Council South Carolina Chapter
The U.S. Green Building Council South Carolina Chapter is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. The SC Chapter works toward its mission of market transformation through USGBC’s LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a network of branches and the annual SustainSC Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbcsc.org and follow us on Twitter @USGBCSC, Facebook at facebook.com/USGBCSC and LinkedIn.
LEED Green Building Program
As the most widely recognized and widely used green building program across the globe, LEED is transforming buildings, homes and communities in all 50 states and 135 countries. LEED guides the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of nearly 50,000 projects worldwide, comprising 9.3 billion square feet of commercial and institutional construction space, and nearly 117,000 additional residential units.
By using less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
Written by Dan Gerst, USGBC SC Chapter Communications Chair
LEED Silver Certified “Green” Preschool Keeps Young Bodies and Minds Strong
ROCK HILL, SC (December 9, 2013) – The Goddard School®, the leader in early childhood education for children from six weeks to six years old, located in Rock Hill, SC has received a silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The certification makes The Goddard School located in Rock Hill the first and only standalone for-profit preschool in the country to have LEED Silver designation.
LEED certification, a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for green buildings, recognizes high-performance schools that are healthy and comfortable for students and teachers. LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building. By addressing the uniqueness of school spaces and children’s health issues, LEED provides a comprehensive tool for schools that wish to build green with measurable results.
“We set out from the start to design, build and operate a state-of-the-art building that would serve as a teaching model and platform for the development of 21st Century Skills. Part of this involves learning how to become global citizens, recognizing and advocating the benefits of environmental efficiency and sustainability in building design. We believe we have done this by creating a learning environment that is second to none. The benefits of LEED adoption to our children, our local community, and our planet are immense,” remarks Amy Strickland, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC. “Having The Goddard School located in Rock Hill achieve USGBC’s LEED Silver Certification is quite an honor and accomplishment.”
The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC was evaluated according to criteria including water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and more. The Goddard School places utmost importance on creating a healthy school environment for children, which is one of the keys to keeping young minds and bodies strong. Enhanced Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has been proven by the EPA to reduce asthma attacks, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments and can increase the performance and productivity for children and faculty in a school. LEED certified buildings are a perfect fit for childcare, as children’s needs and environmental issues overlap.
The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC stands out as a primary example of an educational leader that promotes environmental stewardship, keeping teachers and children healthier, while committing to being globally responsible. The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC offers innovations in LED lighting, power generation via solar panels, locally sourced landscaping, and construction materials that are free of Volatile Organic Compounds. The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC was designed to maximize the use of the sun’s natural light while reducing solar heat gain by making use of reflective materials. The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, SC stands out as a prime example of an educational leader that focuses not only on the educational needs of the school, but also, on being environmentally conscious.
For more information about The Goddard School located in Rock Hill, please visit: http://www.goddardschool.com/Rock-HillSC.
For more information on the LEED certification process, please visit www.usgbc.org/leed.
The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.
Learning for fun. Learning for life.® The Goddard School® uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students at 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.