Glastonbury, CT – The recently renovated John and Editha Kapoor Hall at SUNY Buffalo and ESPN’s new Child Care Center in Bristol have both achieved LEED Gold certification. Both facilities were designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. (SLAM).
Kapoor Hall is home to the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and is UB’s ninth LEED-certified facility. The 147,000sf facility is a complete renovation of a post-war former chemistry building. The improved building provides plenty of natural daylight (75% of all space in the building receives natural light), reduces water use through features such as low-flow faucets, and lowers energy costs by more than 30% compared with a standard building of the same size that doesn’t implement ecofriendly design.
The ESPN Child Care Center in Bristol is another example of the popular sports network’s commitment to green building and sustainability. It is a mixed-age group facility consisting of three “family unit” buildings comprising 38,270sf and a multi-use building measuring 12,109sf, that houses a collegiate-sized basketball court, locker facilities, and supporting mechanical space.
“At SLAM we strive to build sustainably designed, high performance, green buildings. We learn from the past, plan for the future and build beautiful buildings for people to live in today,” Gregg Bergmiller, LEED AP BD&C, SLAM’s Director of Sustainability said.
Sustainable strategies for the ESPN Child Care Center included use of local, natural materials, appropriate building orientation, and significant daylighting and views. Features contributing to the building’s LEED Gold certification include: solar hot water panels and photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of the basketball hall, providing renewable energy to the building; energy performance 32% better than current requirements; a mechanical system: combination of a 100% outdoor air for ventilation, chilled beams, return air channeled through a heat recovery wheel transfers 85% of the conditioned air temperature and moisture; bio-retention swales and structured filtration for storm water; drought tolerant planting (no Irrigation); 34% water use reduction in potable water use; bicycle storage, showers, and changing rooms; low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles parking.
Among key design points cited by the U.S. Green Building Council as enhancing Kapoor Hall’s sustainability: about 25% of the construction materials were both extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site, 21 percent of the building utilizes recycled materials, the project uses water-efficient landscaping, renewable energy is generated on campus, and an Innovation-in-Design point was awarded for developing a transportation management plan, transit options on campus include bike sharing, shuttles and carpooling.