Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Blue and White...and Green

I found a bit of Pegula Center news attempting to inject life into this slow news week, specifically that form field studio (deliberate lower case, e.e. cummings-style) will be assisting architects Crawford and BCJ with their sustainability efforts.
"We are thrilled that our friends over at Crawford Architects have been awarded the new 200,000sf Ice Hockey Arena at Penn State.

"form field studio will be assisting Crawford in their sustainability goals of making this a LEED-rated feature facility. Crawford's team also includes Bohlin Cywinski Jackson out of Wilkes-Barre."
What does it mean to be an LEED-rated feature facility? Glad you asked, I certainly did. Let's head over to the U.S. Green Building Council's website, on a page explaining it.
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system,  providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Developed by the
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.
There's some good info around that website in terms even liberal arts majors can understand, in case you're curious about one of the ways we plan on making good on Joe Battista's claim that the building will last 75 years - and not destroy the planet before that time is up.

Welcome to the team, form field studio!

1 comment:

  1. That's good news. It's hard work to achieve, but worth the effort. If the Eagles can do it, Penn State can do it better.