The Center for Health Sciences and Technology is the first community college in the United States built to the standards of LEED Platinum level certification. Every aspect of this structure was designed to be environmentally sustainable – including geothermal energy systems, solar panels, locally made furniture, even insulation made with recycled blue jeans. Built on a reclaimed brownfield site that was cleaned up with the help of the EPA, allowed the project to become a vital community asset!
Full cutoff light fixtures and luminaire shields for exterior site fixtures were chosen to minimize the impact of light pollution on the surrounding community. Energy efficient fixture sources were chosen for large volume interior areas, with metal halide accent lighting. “Smart” technologies such as occupancy sensors and preset dimming controls will save energy and money for the college over the long term. Light systems are easy to use and maintain, while also being manufactured locally to minimize economic and environmental impacts.