One of the prime University goals and challenges for this project was attaining LEED Gold Certification. Transforming the existing concrete frame building with tight floor-to-floor heights and little natural light into an open, daylit, and energy efficient space required multiple design changes.
Helen and Olivia, students at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, recently spent four months working with different D/P/S teams where they gained professional experience working in our collaborative, open office environment.
On April 25, 2019, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, Hobbs CORE, and Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center received IIDA SW PRIDE Awards of Merit, Design Excellence, and Best in Show.
This LEED Platinum project includes a number of environmental sustainability features like a centralized hot water system powered by solar thermal collectors to reduce energy usage in producing hot water to residents, low-flow plumbing fixtures and efficient landscape irrigation to reduce water usage, and covered parking to reduce heat island effect with shade provided by solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that generate energy bringing the HERS to below 60.
Classroom utilization is a powerful tool to help high schools figure out how to balance space efficiency and budget constraints with flexibility and space needs for specialized courses.
Many elementary school educational specifications or project goals talk about how the library or media center should be the heart of the school and a more active and engaging space, but often concerns about things like collection counts and standardized testing, and a more traditional vision of a library, end up taking precedence over that vision.