Wolk Center for Excellence in Nursing: First LEED Silver Rating in Monroe County

This 22,800-square-foot project deep upstate is targeting significant reductions in energy consumption using a broad range of advanced technologies, from daylight harvesting controls to exterior solar shades and occupancy sensors.

Wolk Center

Earlier this week, the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Center for Excellence in Nursing at Monroe Community College’s Brighton Campus earned a LEED Silver rating from USGBC under the New Construction Version 2.2 system. The 22,800-square-foot project, deep upstate in Brighton, New York, was designed by Rochester-based SWBR Architects and replaced a series of nursing program classrooms, labs, and faculty offices that dated from the 1960s.

The project targeted an 18.4 percent reduction in energy use over ASHRAE 90.1-2004 by installing exterior solar shades, daylight harvesting controls in common lounge spaces, and occupancy sensors to reduce the load on the building’s HVAC system. 10.7 percent of the total materials cost for the project incorporated recycled content, and 11.9 percent of all building materials were sourced within 500 miles of the project site.

The building also features a stormwater management program, cool roof, and changing facilities to accommodate bicyclists. In addition, efficient plumbing fixtures aim for a 33 percent reduction in water consumption over EPA 1992′s Fixture Performance Requirements. The design team also included M/E Engineering, P.C. and Parrone Engineers.

We’ve noted an uptick recently in green building projects Upstate, and it’s always particularly important for institutional projects to take a leadership role in promoting sustainable design practices. The Wolk Center may be the first, but it certainly will not be the last project in Monroe County to earn LEED certification, as the county’s Green Building Policy requires new public construction and substantial renovations larger than 5000 square feet to follow the LEED system to the greatest extent practicable.

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