At Salas O’Brien, we’ve been focusing on sustainability since well before the creation of LEED in 1995. Even without certifications and code requirements, sustainable design provides a clear long-term value for clients, and combined with the environmental benefit, the choice is often obvious.
Although LEED is not the only measure of sustainability, our expertise and history have led many Salas O’Brien clients to seek our help obtaining LEED certification of all levels. Here are three prominent examples.
When Emory University decided to build a new psychology building, the school came to Salas O’Brien specifically for LEED fundamental and enhanced commissioning services. The new Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building features bioswale in the courtyard (for diminishing storm water runoff) and wood-based building materials harvested from FSC-certified forests. The building’s design also makes ample use of natural light. This new building earned LEED Gold certification, joining the impressive ranks of Emory’s 19 other LEED-certified buildings.
Edenvale Community Center
The Edenvale Community Center in the City of San Jose houses a gymnasium, pool, computer lab, recreation areas, and multipurpose classrooms. Salas O’Brien provided complete mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering, as well as the design for the building shell for this facility.
Even though there were several environmental and construction-related obstacles throughout the project, including the discovery of asbestos on the site, the finished building received LEED Gold certification. The facility also received the Structures Award for Community Impact from the Silicon Valley Business Journal because of the building’s exceptional water, waste, and energy efficiency.
Rollins College: The Alfond Inn
Not only does Alfond Inn at Rollins College offer a luxurious, upscale getaway, it also funds merit-based Rollins scholarships with its proceeds. During construction, Salas O’Brien specifically helped with the inn’s air quality and ventilation needs. The main parts of this building are kept cool by air-cooled chillers on the roof, while the 112 guest rooms are cooled with outdoor air units and chilled water fan coil units.