Sasaki Announces Prestigious LEED and SITES Certifications for Colby College Athletics Center

WATERVILLE, ME– Sasaki, in conjunction with Hopkins Architects, announced that the Colby College Harold Alfond Athletic and Recreation Center has received LEED Platinum and SITES Gold certifications.

Awarded by the US Green Building Council, Platinum status is the highest LEED certification a project can achieve. SITES Gold is awarded by SITES, a comprehensive rating system designed to distinguish sustainable landscapes, measure performance and increase value.

The 350,000 square foot building at Colby College, which opened in August 2020, is a modern facility that transcends the conventional design of athletics and recreation centers. The building includes a multi-purpose field with a 200-meter track and tennis courts, an ice rink, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a competition gymnasium for basketball and volleyball, squash courts, a bodybuilding and fitness and multipurpose studios. , supported by changing rooms, sports medicine facilities and offices. The state-of-the-art building provides Colby College with the largest and most comprehensive Division III athletics facility.

“The Sasaki team, together with Hopkins Architects and all of our amazing project partners, are thrilled that Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center has been awarded LEED Platinum and SITES Gold,” said Chris Sgarzi, Principal Architect at Sasaki. and leader of the cabinet. sports practice. “Colby College is a recognized leader in sustainability and is committed to maintaining its carbon neutral status. This project was therefore particularly focused on the health and well-being aspect of the environment and the students, faculty and staff who use the facility. Receiving these certifications is a wonderful way to showcase all the spectacular features of the building and site.

Sgarzi added that fundamental sustainability principles related to indoor air quality, daylighting and views, thermal comfort and building performance are integrated seamlessly into facility and site design to achieve project goals related to health, well-being and optimal performance of body and mind.

Colby College is one of the nation’s leading sustainable environments and one of four campuses to achieve carbon neutrality. Fundamental sustainability principles related to indoor air quality, daylighting and views, thermal comfort and building performance are fully integrated into building and site design to achieve project objectives related to health, well-being and optimal performance of body and mind.

“This recognition means a lot to us, as the certifications highlight and extend Colby’s focus on environmental sustainability in its academic programs as well as its expression on the physical campus,” said Minakshi M. Amundsen, vice president. Campus Facilities and Planning Assistant at Colby. University. “As one of the first four colleges in the United States to achieve carbon neutrality, this achievement underscores our efforts to innovate and continue to raise the bar.”

Amundsen added that the design and construction teams took on a difficult challenge for an ambitious goal and an entirely new standard for sustainability, especially for a project of this size, but that they “come up with ideas and creative solutions, meeting and exceeding our objectives within the initial budget.

LEED – the world’s most widely used green building system – provides a framework for healthy, efficient, low-carbon and low-cost green buildings and is globally recognized as a mark of excellence and leadership in the field of sustainability. LEED Platinum certification was particularly impressive because the school and design team took no shortcuts throughout the design and implementation process. While the early design was eligible to meet LEED v3 requirements, which are less demanding than v4 requirements, the decision was made to meet the more stringent criteria and a higher level of certification. With guidance from Thornton Tomasetti, who acted as a LEED and SITES consultant and carried out the certifications, the project team was not only able to meet the improved LEED standard and certification, but also done within budget and schedule. The global credits included the former athletics complex demolition and waste reduction stream, which required an additional year of work.

The combination of solutions developed in collaboration with Arup, which includes daylight harvesting, air system energy recovery wheels and a pool heating system powered by excess waste heat, has enabled Reduce power consumption by 47% below code baseline. Arup’s structural designers helped the team develop the lightest structural solution possible. The highly optimized design reduced embodied CO2 by approximately 800 tonnes by reducing the structural steel tonnage by 20% and reducing the volume of concrete required by 5% compared to more conventional design solutions. These solutions allowed the project to obtain the 33 possible energy points according to the LEED Platinum criteria and also played an important role in the pursuit of SITES Gold certification.

SITES is the culmination of years of research and development by leading professionals in the fields of soil, water, vegetation, materials and human health. SITES-certified landscapes help reduce water demand, filter and reduce stormwater runoff, provide wildlife habitat, reduce energy consumption, improve air quality and human health, and increase opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The SITES standard was added to the project as an entirely new goal and standard for the college. The team and landscape architects, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, and civil engineers, Sebago Technics, integrated the restoration of soils and native wet and upland grasslands to increase site biodiversity and manage stormwater through of natural systems. This new landscape provides a special opportunity for teaching, research and recreation, while showcasing over one million square feet of native plants.

The athletic and recreation center is the first SITES project in Maine and New England to achieve Gold-level accreditation. In its review, SITES noted outstanding achievement – ​​26 points out of a possible 30 – in the design category of the site – human health and well-being. In addition to serving the college, sports venues and site-related equipment provide universal accessibility and are made available to local communities for their use.

Design Team Credits

Client: Colby College

Design Architect: Hopkins Architects

Executive Architect: Sasaki

Structural & M&E Engineer: Arup

Sustainability Consultant: Thornton Tomasetti

Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Main contractor: Consigli Construction Company

Lighting designer: HLB

Civil engineer: Sebago Technics

Aquatic Consultant: Councilman-Hunsaker

Ice Advisor: Stevens

Code Consultant: Jensen Hughes