One of the newest projects on the main campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, the 151,000-square foot Kindschi Hall of Science received LEED Gold certification in early 2016. The building was dedicated in the Fall of 2015, shortly after being put into service, and includes four stories above ground, a basement, and a mechanical penthouse.
The building is located at the center of main campus, adjacent to the Fieldhouse, and across the street from Padnos and Henry Halls, Student Services, Pew Library, and Kirkhof. The campus – downtown shuttle stop is minutes away as are other campus services (the connected Laker Marketplace provides cash/public food service and dining), as well as the main campus store.
Energy and Water
For a building that provides world-class facilities, energy use reduction of 28% below code is impressive. The building includes:
- 15 teaching laboratories with fume hoods
- 14 faculty/student research laboratories equipped with fume hoods
- 6 classrooms
- Greenhouse with six separate environmental zones
- Faculty and Staff Offices
- 10 Conference Rooms
Four main variable air volume air-handling units deliver conditioned airflow throughout the building. All of the main air-handling units are controlled by the central building management system (BMS).
Additionally, through fixture efficiency, potable water use has been reduced below baseline by 32%, and water used for irrigation has been reduced by 56% due to the use of native plants and system design.
GVSU long ago adopted a campus standard of achieving the Recycled Content, Regional Materials, and Certified Wood credits on all projects. For this project, Exemplary Performance has been demonstrated. All materials meet or exceed the LEED standards for VOC emissions.
Among the areas in which Innovation can be awarded, the project team pursued LEED Pilot Credit 78: Design for Active Occupants. The criteria include having a prominent stairway with lighting comparable to adjacent spaces, free access to/from all floors, art or other interest on the walls, skylights or fenestration, and location more prominent than that of elevators.
GVSU has demonstrated a very strong commitment to overall sustainability on their campuses, with energy conservation a major target for all existing and proposed buildings. Their sustainability commitment includes the design and construction of their facilities, their operations, their purchasing policies, and their educational programs. GVSU’s commitment to reducing energy costs in creative and innovative ways has established GVSU as a leader amongst Midwest colleges and universities.