Higher Educational Buildings
- Virginia Commonwealth University Walter L. Rice Education Building, Charles City County, VA: This 4,889 sf field station designed by Train and Partners is devoted to environmental research, teaching, and public service. The building features ground source heat pumps, radiant floor heating, solar panels, and a vegetated roof. In 2009 it became the first project in Virginia to be LEED Platinum certified.
- Bowie State University Student Union, Bowie, MD: This new 85,000 sf building, designed by WTW Architects in association with Grimm + Parker Architects, provides space for food service, a bookstore, student organizations, offices, recreation, and multipurpose rooms. The $31M project achieved LEED-NC Gold-level certification in April 2014.
- Morgan State University Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies, Baltimore, MD: This new 126,515 sf academic building was designed by Hord Coplan Macht in association with The Freelon Group to support the school's engineering and design programs. Although the initial LEED goal was for Silver, this project achieved Gold-level certification in July 2013.
- University of Maryland Baltimore County Performing Arts and Humanities Facility, Baltimore, MD: This 176,002 sf LEED-NC Gold-certified building designed by William Rawn Associates with Grimm + Parker is home to the Departments of Ancient Studies, Dance, English, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Linehan Artists Scholars Program, and the Office of Arts and Culture.
- University of Maryland College Park Physical Sciences Complex Phase 1, College Park, MD: This dramatic 154,000 sf building designed by HDR features an inverted elliptical glass cone that serves as both lightwell and courtyard. SDC provided LEED process management for this project, and although the initial goal was for Silver, the building achieved Gold certification in May 2014.
- University of Virginia Newcomb Hall Renovation, Charlottesville, VA: SDC provided LEED process management and energy modeling for 101,500 sf of the existing 5-story student services and dining facility as well as a 16,200 sf two-story addition, designed by Cole & Denny Architects. The project achieved LEED-NC certification in November 2013.
- Virginia Commonwealth University Academic Learning Commons, Richmond, VA: This new 102,000 sf classroom building designed by BCWH provides a range of classroom spaces, from large seminar rooms for up to 300 students to small break-out rooms that can accommodate 15-25 students. Although the initial LEED goal was for Silver, this project achieved LEED-NC Gold-level certification in July 2014.
Higher Educational institutions have long been aware of the importance of sustainability in their buildings and operations, as indicated by the overwhelming success of and participation in AASHE (the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education). In addition to enjoying operating cost savings, enhanced reputation, and a healthier work / learning environment, these institutions also reap the intrinsic benefits of providing enhanced curriculum to their students in the area of sustainability. SDC has been dedicated to providing green building services for higher educational institutions since its inception in 2002. The types of buildings in this category include academic / classroom buildings, student services facilities, athletic facilities, and campus administration buildings. To date, SDC has provided LEED process management, as well as services related to state adaptations of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), for more than 50 higher educational projects.