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December 6, 2012
Ames, Iowa - LEED Platinum certification has been achieved by Iowa State University's State Gym Expansion and Renovation -one of only two collegiate recreation centers in the country with the designation!
A variety of measures were implemented to conserve as much of the existing facility as possible, such as salvaging the existing basketball court and repurposing the wood planks as millwork in the new addition. The control desk (above) features this repurposed wood.
- The use of a comprehensive construction waste management plan diverted over 85% of the project's construction waste from the landfill, approximately 1,500 tons. (That's 300,000 pounds!)
- A 10,000 square foot vegetated roof system was implemented and functions as part of the project's storm water management strategy, as well as adding an aesthetically pleasing feature to campus.
- Low-flow fixtures and a rainwater harvest system reduce the facilities potable water use by almost 50%. Combined, these strategies conserve nearly two million gallons of water per year! Water reclaim systems provide a non-potable water source for flushing fixtures and irrigation systems.
In total, energy conservation measures reduced the facilities overall energy consumption by 38% - about $82,000 per year in energy savings.
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