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R-MC’s New Science Building Awarded LEED Certification

Jul 10, 2018


Brock HallRandolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren is pleased to announce that LEED certification has been awarded to the college's new science building, Macon F. Brock, Jr. Hall.

The 30,000-square-foot building, which adjoins the northwest side of Copley Science Center and houses the Departments of Biology, Environmental Studies/Geology, and Chemistry, was dedicated on June 23, 2017. The building includes research laboratories; teaching laboratories; faculty offices; and conference rooms.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

Practical, Measurable Strategies
R-MC achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection. and indoor environmental quality.

Numerous features in the construction of Macon F. Brock, Jr. Hall contributed to its LEED certification:

• Extensive erosion and sediment control was maintained at all times at the construction site
• No pollution indicators were found at the construction site when it was selected
• At least 10 unique business services were identified within one-half mile of the site
• The building is within one-half mile of a mass transportation source (Amtrak)
• No new parking spaces were created within the scope of the project

Water Efficiency
• The building design resulted in the reduction of potable water usage by 27 percent

Energy and Atmosphere
• Extensive commissioning and testing of all building energy systems were performed and documented to ensure the building was operating at peak efficiency
• Design and construction techniques resulted in a 22.47 percent energy cost savings
• Automated lighting control systems and sensors were installed throughout the building to reduce lighting energy consumption
• HVAC systems in all labs were designed, installed and tested to ensure a 50 percent reduction in exhaust and make up air volume during unoccupied periods
• Variable speed controls and exhaust-air energy recovery systems were used in all labs
• No CFC-based refrigerants were used to service the building

Materials & Resources
• Appropriately sized dedicated areas were installed for collection and storage for materials for recycling
• 89.16 percent of on-site generated construction waste was diverted from landfills
• 20.94 percent of total building materials were manufactured with recycled materials
• 32.35 percent of total building materials consisted of products that were manufactured and extracted within 500 miles of the construction site
• 75 percent of wood-based building materials are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council

Indoor Environmental Quality
• The building is mechanically ventilated in accordance with high-efficiency design standards
• Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of the building
• The building is mechanically ventilated, and breathing-zone outdoor air ventilation rates for all occupied spaces exceed minimum design requirements by at least 30 percent
• An Indoor Air Quality management plan was developed and implemented to provide maximum flush-out rate of stale air
• All adhesives and sealants used on the inside of the weatherproofing system comply with acceptable standards for LEED certification
• All interior flooring materials meet or exceed acceptable standards for LEED certification

Innovation in Design
• Exemplary usage of natural daylight and views that included a mix of vegetation, human activities and objects at least 70 feet away from the exterior of the building
• Open space around the building exceeded the building footprint by better than a 2 to 1 ratio
• All laboratory fume hoods were designed, installed and tested to confirm they meet LEED energy standards
• A LEED-certified professional was involved in the design of the building
• Lighting controls are provided for the building
• Mechanically ventilated and conditioned project space are in compliance with LEED requirements
• A permanent monitoring system was installed to ensure maximum thermal comfort in the building
• Direct line-of-sight views exist in 97.9 percent of all regularly occupied spaces in the building