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Thursday, August 28, 2008
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Ohlone Community College District

For Immediate Release:

Ohlone College New Campus is the “Greenest College in the World!”

Leed Platinum logo.Fremont, CA—LEED Platinum—the highest level possible—was awarded to Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology for green building construction. Ohlone president, Dr. Gari Browning, received notice Thursday, August 21 from the US Green Building Council that the new Ohlone College campus in Newark achieved Platinum Certification for environmentally sustainable construction and building operation. Dr. Browning will make an official announcement of the Platinum certification status on Friday, August 29 at her inaugural State of the College Address. Members of the media are invited to attend the speech and a Q&A period afterwards.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, sets standards for building construction and operation that will have the least negative impact on the environment and the greatest benefit to the community and the building occupants. LEED certification is determined by a point system, with points given for each environmentally sound construction or operational process. Trained LEED specialists work with the project directors to help maximize the number of beneficial techniques incorporated into the construction.

Lobby of Ohlone College Newark Center.Lobby of Ohlone College Newark Center. —Photo © Robert Canfield Photography.

LEED points received by Ohlone include the following practices:

  • 1585 solar panels that generate up to 50% of the building’s energy needs
  • 26 miles of geothermal ground coils
  • Two 10-foot diameter enthalpy wheels, fresh-air energy recapture systems that save up to 25% of costs for cooling and heating
  • Water efficient, Bay Friendly® landscaping
  • Ground denim insulation, more efficient than traditional fiberglass
  • Carpet made from 30% to 38% recycled plastics
  • Up to 97% recyclable, ergonomically-designed furniture
  • Recycled content terrazzo flooring
  • “Machiche” Guatemalan hardwood, responsibly harvested using Forest Stewardship Council guidelines
  • Brownfield remediation of pesticide contaminated soil
  • Wetland restoration site to become Living Laboratory for campus
  • Low VOC emission paint

Ohlone College was pleased to work with San Francisco–based office of Perkins+Will, the lead architectural firm on the project, because of their visionary leadership in environmentally sustainable projects and their expertise in innovative, needs-based design for higher education facilities. Building a more environmentally stable future requires vision, experience and leadership, all qualities demonstrated by Perkins+Will. Sustainability is woven through the fabric of every project they create. Perkins+Will shares Ohlone’s commitment to reducing energy consumption while enhancing local environments and honoring the broader goals of society.

Perkins+Will serves clients throughout the nation on Higher Education, Science+Technology, Corporate, Commercial and Civic projects. Key Northern California projects developed by the San Francisco Office include Mission College Learning Resource Center & Technology Building, Contra Costa Community College Master Plan, Stanford University’s Clark Center and Luca Center Expansion projects, UC Davis Giedt Hall Classroom Building and Earth & Physical Sciences building.

Key consultants to Perkins+Will in achieving the LEED goals were AlfaTech (MEP Engineers), Conger Moss Guillard (Landscape Architects), and Davis Langdon (Cost Estimators). In addition, Steelcase and One Workplace supplied furnishings and equipment for the center, donating their design services and consulting expertise in developing the enhanced ergonomic learning spaces at Newark.

Classroom at Ohlone College Newark Center.Classroom at Ohlone College Newark Center. —Photo © Robert Canfield Photography.

Turner Construction served as construction manager for the Ohlone College Newark Center project. With over 40 LEED projects completed and an additional 65 projects underway, Turner has extensive experience in building sustainable construction projects, which made them uniquely suited to work with Ohlone on this project. Their experience combined with access to a broad database of Green material suppliers and processes assists their clients in attaining a cost effective project comparable to traditionally constructed buildings.

In addition, Turner has a policy to divert construction waste on all Turner projects. Ninety-one per cent of the construction waste on the Ohlone Newark project was recycled. Over the past two years, Turner’s Construction Waste Management Program has resulted in diverting over 83,000 tons of construction waste. This type of environmental commitment was important to the Ohlone project managers in seeking a construction manager. Ohlone is proud to recognize the contributions of these two great partners, Perkins+Will and Turner Construction and our consultants in achieving Platinum Certification for the Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology.

The Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology opened in January 2008 with an enrollment of over 3200 students. The building encompasses 135,000 square feet on an 81 acre site in Newark, CA.

For additional information on the Ohlone College Center for Health Sciences and Technology contact Leta Stagnaro, vice president at 510.742.2302. For information on the State of the College Address contact the Office of the President, Ohlone College 510.659.6200.


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