David B. Crabiel Hall, a 36,000 square foot academic building designed by DMR, achieved LEED Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) on July 17. The building, on the main campus of Middlesex County College in Edison, N.J., is the College's first sustainable building, and DMR's fourth building to receive LEED Certification.
DMR provided complete architectural, engineering and construction administration services for the two-story academic space which includes classrooms, computer labs, administrative offices, a culinary demonstration lab, kitchen facilities and meeting rooms.
Sustainable features of the building, which scored 34 points from the USGBC, include occupancy sensors in each room, day lighting, drought resistant plantings, high tech air conditioning units and boiler, low-VOC materials and a highly reflective elastomeric roof coating. Water use reduced 55% from a standard design through low-flow fixtures, waterless urinals and sink faucets. Energy use reduced 24% through efficient, correctly-sized mechanical equipment. 92% of all construction waste was recycled and 19.8% of materials were manufactured locally to reduce emissions during transport. Educational signage throughout the building highlight the building's sustainable features.
"We are particularly proud of the college's decision to seek LEED certification for this project," Obi Agudosi, AIA, Senior Vice President and Principal said. "At Middlesex County College, we designed an incredibly modern building that just happens to be located on a traditional college campus. The materials selected were environmentally responsible, durable and also complimentary to the existing buildings on campus. This was a very exciting project for DMR."
The approximately $10 million project has been recognized with several other design awards, including a 2012 Project of Distinction by College Planning & Management.
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