Dekker/Perich/Sabatini has been designing sustainable buildings for decades, and this year we're celebrating our 50th LEED certified project -- Fort Lewis College Sitter Family Hall! The building, which houses the college's geosciences and physics and engineering departments, was completed in Spring 2017 and received LEED Gold certification.
Sitter Family Hall offers the advantages of modern, energy efficient building technologies and up-to-date instructional configurations, including active-learning classrooms, a roof deck from which astronomy students can view the night sky, and a courtyard that provides an identity for the geosciences.
Finally, a building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system, which utilizes a thin film of photovoltaic laminate that is bonded directly to the standing seam metal roof, preserves the clean appearance of the roof, sheds snow, and can be walked on without damage. The state-of-the-art building will anchor the science curriculum for many years.
Creating great places to live, work, and learn requires a commitment to creating healthier indoor environments, conserving resources, and reducing operating costs. Sitter Family Hall and all our LEED projects focus on maximizing performance through site orientation, daylighting, mechanical system selection, and strategies to reduce water and energy use.
Learn more about some of D/P/S's LEED projects, and view our LEED Projects Facebook album.
Mariposa East Commons. The first LEED certified building in Rio Rancho, this office building includes a rich palette of sustainable materials like reclaimed wood flooring, clay plaster, cabinetry and doors from sustainably managed forests, recycled aluminum, and many other recycled, low-emitting, or regional materials. Sixty percent of construction waste was diverted, and the completed building achieves 45% water savings. Additionally, the developer, High Desert Investment Corporation, purchased green wind power to supply 90% of the project's electricity needs. Read More
Thornburg Campus. Designed by Legoretta + Legoretta and D/P/S, the Thornburg Campus takes advantage of the wonderful New Mexico climate, views, and natural daylight through the use of carefully fenestrated portions of the facade, exterior courtyards, roof gardens, and balconies throughout the campus. Rainwater is collected and stored to irrigate the drought tolerant evergreens and other plantings. Water is also able to percolate and recharge the aquifer through the use of a porous paving system in the parking area. Read more
Clark County Wetlands. The Nature Center stands as an example of ecologically responsible architecture. The landscape design focuses on encouraging indigenous species and eradicating invasive species, while the building's under-structure provides slots and surface texture for bats to roost. Large expanses of glass provide daylighting and views, while shade overhangs limit heat gain and are angled outward to minimize reflections that cause bird collisions.A camera system allows visitors to view wildlife and water creatures from the comfort of the center, and robotic exhibits are powered by a dedicated PV system. Read more
Mercury Payment Systems. Adjacent to the Animas River Trail, this headquarters building provides direct access to nearby recreational opportunities. Over 60% of the site is protected habitat, and 40% is dedicated to open space and vegetated with native or adapted riparian and wetland plants. The green office reflects the beauty of the community and its natural resources and is testament to Mercury's dedication to sustainability. Read more
UNLV Science and Engineering. This 196,000sf academic research facility achieved LEED Silver certification. The building houses innovative research themes, including advances in renewable energy technologies, a deeper understanding of climate change, and development of urban water reuse strategies to name a few. The facility itself conserves energy and water and incorporates recycled materials. Water reclamation is achieved using reverse osmosis waste water to flush toilets and urinals. Read more