• Photo courtesy of Loren Nelson.

Natural Sciences, South Puget Sound Community College

Olympia, WA

Project Categories

Laboratories and Higher education

Business Type

Natural sciences facilities with laboratories, classrooms, greenhouse, and courtyard

Size

53,000 square feet

Architect

The Miller Hull Partnership

Owner

South Puget Sound Community College

PAE Role

Mechanical engineering

Electrical engineering

LEED Gold

36

Percent better energy efficiency

than code requirements

40

Percent better water efficiency

than code requirements

Sustainability

Certifications

  • LEED Gold

Progress Report

Achieved 36% energy efficiency
Achieved 40% potable water efficiency

Special features

  • High-performance glazing
  • Increased wall and roof insulation
  • High-efficiency lighting
  • High-efficiency boiler
  • Mechanical equipment efficiency
  • Hydronic heating system
  • Heat-recovery ventilators
  • Variable airflow valves
  • High-efficiency water heaters
  • 10 kW PV solar array installed on the roof to reduce energy consumption
  • Low-flow fixtures installed in restroom reduce building’s water consumption
  • Office spaces are naturally ventilated through operable windows
  • Dedicated solar-powered exhaust fans to enhance ventilation during the summer season