Marguerite Wattis Petersen Athletic Academic Center Achieves LEED Silver Certification
Nevada's athletic academic center is the first LEED accredited building on the University campus.
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada, Reno announced today it has received Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for the Marguerite Wattis Petersen Athletic Academic Center. The 8,300-square-foot center is the first LEED accredited building constructed on the University campus.
LEED is a green building rating system established as the national standard for design, construction and operation of high performance "green" buildings. LEED gives building owners the tools necessary for measurable impact on their buildings' performance.
"We are proud to have achieved the Silver certification for this new building," University President Milt Glick said. "Each building we open sets a legacy for the future. This center signals our commitment to student success as well as to the environment. Green building practices are important for many reasons, and our students have told us these legacy practices are particularly meaningful to them."
The $6.6 million facility features seven tutorial rooms for private and group study, a 38-workstation computer lab and a 2,000-square foot study center plus offices for instructors and staff. Its exterior design also contributes to improved handicapped accessibility in and around the athletic complex. The facility was designed by WorthGroup Architects and constructed by The PENTA Building Group.
"This is a wonderful facility for a multitude of reasons and the LEED Silver certification is significant," Athletics Director Cary Groth said. "Also, the functionality of this facility is synonymous with the core values of our mission statement as an athletics department. I want to congratulate WorthGroup and PENTA for their achievements with this building."
The center is one of just three LEED certified projects in the City of Reno, joining the Patagonia Distribution Center and a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility. The University has a second LEED registered project at the 4-H Camp in Stateline.
This is the first LEED certified project for PENTA.
"The Athletic Academic Center is a great addition to the campus for several reasons," said Lou Primak, area manager for PENTA. "Not only will this new facility play an important role in linking athletics and academics, but it also represents the University's commitment to LEED design and construction standards."
WorthGroup Architects, a local advocate of sustainable design, led the distinctive design of the Petersen Center in consultation with Incline Village-based SEED, Inc.
"The University's intention is to incorporate sustainable design elements in all construction projects," said Jim Mickey, WorthGroup's principal architect for the project. "It is a philosophy that we share and we are proud of the accomplishments of this project."
To achieve the U.S. Green Building Council requirements for LEED silver certification, the Petersen Center encompassed LEED ideals ranging from site placement through final commissioning. As one example, 75 percent of all spaces utilize natural daylight as the primary lighting source. LEED design went beyond architecture, also encompassing lighting and mechanical design through controllability of lighting systems and thermal comfort. Additional design elements follow:
The specific design elements of the Petersen Center resulted in both energy (20.8 percent) and water savings (29.6 percent).
The Petersen Center is part of the E.L. Cord Foundation Athletic and Academic Performance Complex, which also encompasses the Roger B. Primm Sports Medicine and Strength Center.
About the University of Nevada, Reno: Nevada's land-grant university founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno has an enrollment of nearly 17,000 students. The University is home to one the country's largest study-abroad programs and the state's medical school, and offers outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties. For more information, visit www.unr.edu
About the University of Nevada Athletic Department: The University of Nevada Wolf Pack is in the midst of one of the most successful eras in school history. Nevada has won 18 Western Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships in its eight years as a member of the league. Graduation rates continue to climb, and 78 student-athletes graduated during the 2007-08 academic year.
About WorthGroup Architects: WorthGroup Architects is an award-winning design firm providing architecture, interior design, planning, creative design services, and design/build for its clients. The firm has offices in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, and Denver, Colorado. For more information, visit www.worthgroup.com.
About PENTA: The PENTA Building Group is a local commercial builder with experience in hotel and timeshare resorts, gaming, convention and meeting facilities, restaurants, institutional, retail, industrial and distribution, parking garages, tenant improvements, small remodels to large "ground up" construction projects. PENTA's dedicated approach makes the difference - through careful planning and precise execution, projects are completed to the client's complete satisfaction. For more information about PENTA, visit www.pentabldggroup.com. About the U.S. Green Building Council: The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. For more information about the council and the LEED Green Building Rating System, visit www.usgbc.org.