Thursday
May172018

Singleton Building Earns LEED Silver Certification!

We are excited to announce that the interior renovation of the Singleton Building at Coastal Carolina University has been certified as LEED Silver for Commercial Interiors! 

It ain't easy being green, but because the built environment has such a noteworthy impact on the natural environment that we love any and all shades of 'green' that a client desires whether it’s Energy Star rated, Green Globes, LEED, or simply designed with some environmentally friendly features. CCU required that the renovation to its iconic first building on campus be designed for LEED Silver certification - LEED is a rating system that the United States Green Building Council uses to evaluate a building's environmental performance and encourage sustainable design.

As iconic as the Singleton Building is as the campus entry point from the exterior, the interior was a stark contrast. 2 floors of tight floor-to-floor heights, a maze of cubicles and repurposed offices with very little natural light, no central HVAC, asbestos, dated technological and functional components and a lack of ADA accessibility - among other things - were insufficient to accommodate the head departments of a booming university that had grown to 100-times its original enrollment. 

Designers worked to shed light (literally) on the solution while keeping affordable, sustainable options at the forefront of the project, gaining LEED points for design components such as:

         Perimeter rooms' high ceilings let more light inside.Daylight and Views: Previously, only rooms along the perimeter of the building had natural light coming through the windows. Keeping the perimeter room ceilings high (no ductwork) maximizes the flow of natural light with frosted glass storefront on the interior side of those rooms creating a light filled corridor which allows light to continue to flow to the rest of the floor and work spaces without sacrificing privacy.

         Glass walls bring natural light to interior spaces.Enhanced Commissioning: Whole Building Systems is an independent commissioning authority that was designated to lead, review and oversee the completion of all commissioning process activities from the basis of design, to design documents through the construction phase. They reviewed and verified completion of requirements for training operating personnel and building occupants as well as reviewing contractor submittals of the complex systems for compliance.

         Active HVAC controls improve energy use for fluctuations in occupancy for small and large spacesWater Use Reduction: By choosing low-flow fixtures, the potable water use was reduced by 37%.

         Minimum Energy Performance: By using features like occupancy sensors to automatically turn lights on or off, LEDs and related features, the connected lighting power was reduced by 25%.

         Optimized HVAC Energy Performance: Active HVAC controls -designed to sense the space and control ventilation based on occupancy - are installed for private offices and public zones throughout the building. 

Today, the 33,000 square-foot building's interiors welcome visitors and staff with bright spaces and economical designs that improve the working and built environment as well as long-term maintenance and energy costs.        

Special Thanks to Coastal Carolina University and Our Project Team:

Coastal Carolina University - Mark Avant, Bill Wendle

Whole Building Systems – Maria Schwartz, Susan Collins, Dennis Knight

DWG Engineering – Mary Gallagher, Will Billard, Kenny Minogue

ADC Engineering – Mark Dillon, Lauren Bush 

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