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Millersville University’s Welcome Center Named Award Finalist

Lombardo Welcome Center at Millersville University

Boston – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named AKF as a finalist of its 2020 Engineering Excellence Award for their work on Lombardo Welcome Center at Millersville University.

The 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards were recently announced and will be celebrated at the 2021 ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala. The awards celebrate innovation, ingenuity, and excellence in engineering achievement.

Boston firm AKF provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering and renewable energy design, energy modeling, net zero energy consulting, and commissioning for Millersville University’s new 14,600sf building that is now the home to the university’s admissions, marketing, sustainability, and student housing departments.

The Lombardo Welcome Center is helping Millersville University achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 and is a showcase of sustainability for students, staff, and over 10,000 prospective students that visit the university annually. The first zero energy certified building in Pennsylvania, Lombardo Welcome Center achieved net positive energy in its first year, regularly generating over 200% of its annual energy needs, making it one of the top five most positive energy buildings in the country.

While most building systems were designed to be “invisible,” a solar PV array serves as a physical reminder of the building’s purpose, further encouraging energy-conscious behavior.