LEED Silver Certification for Thiel College’s New Communication Center
Mar 24, 2015
Thiel College’s new James Pedas Communication Center has been awarded LEED Silver Certification.
The multimedia center features a media lab, a TV studio, a radio station, technology classrooms, and a lecture hall, as well as space for the Office of Admission. This is Thiel College’s first LEED Certified building.
KE services: MEPT, Fire Protection, Lighting Design
LEED version: LEED for Schools v2009
Building: 20,000 SF
Project cost: $6.8M
Energy savings: Projected 22.3% energy consumption savings
Water savings: Projected 32%
Why it works: The engineering design included LED lighting, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and efficient HVAC systems (including space heating, pumps, and VFD fans).
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council that promotes sustainable building design. Through the LEED program, buildings are evaluated on measures such as energy-efficient building systems, water efficiency, sustainable site strategies, and sustainable building materials. A building can be awarded one of four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum (the highest).
Karpinski Engineering’s contributions to a building’s LEED certification typically impact its energy and water use – through efficient electrical, lighting, HVAC, and plumbing design.