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Student Resource Center Earns Gold Medal Feature

The newest building on Main Campus, the Student Resource Center (SRC), was recently chosen by the Building of America organization for its Gold Medal distinction.

Sep 07, 2016

March 2011

Student Resource Center
The newest building on Main Campus, the Student Resource Center (SRC), was recently chosen by the Building of America organization for its Gold Medal distinction.

"Hundreds of projects are submitted to Building of America each year to gain access to our hundreds of thousands of readers and/or to be chosen for the prestigious Gold Medal Award," said Julie Zulch, project coordinator for Building of America, in an e-mail.

The SRC was submitted for the award by AECOM, the architectural company that designed it.

"The Building of America editors review all project submissions and choose projects based on their unique challenges and innovative solutions," Zulch said.

Some design elements that set the SRC apart from other buildings include the following:

  • Large windows that let in light and provide views of the natural environment. There is little need for artificial lighting in the SRC during the day. Most rooms are lit naturally from dawn to dusk. Light sensors turn on lights after dusk or when it's overcast. Most of the light bulbs in the SRC are light-emitting diodes (LED), which use less energy and last longer.
  • Recycled materials are used throughout the SRC, such as in glass, tile floors, countertops and other building materials.
  • Paint, carpet and other building materials are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which have negative impacts on humans and the environment.
  • The building is positioned to absorb more sunlight in the winter and less in the summer to aid heating/cooling.
  • Bamboo, a rapidly renewable resource, is used for all interior wood trim. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth and is easily replenished once it develops a root system, making it one of the most sustainable products used in the SRC. You will notice that both the ITS Service Desk and the ACE check-in desks are made with bamboo laminates, as well as a wall in the new multi-purpose conference room, located on the east end of the second floor.
  • Heat-neutralizing techniques are used in landscaping and the roofing. The roof of the SRC is actually white, which helps reduce cooling costs by reflecting sunlight instead of absorbing it. This reduces what are referred to as "heat islands," areas where the sun is absorbed and heat becomes trapped. A hot asphalt parking lot is a good example of the heat-island phenomenon. The use of sod and grass in the area to the north of the SRC also disperses the heat of the sun and earns LEED points for preserving some green space.

According to their website, the Building of America Network compiles the nation's best new construction and renovations projects and allows industry leaders to be familiar with the most important trends in construction and renovation. Since 1996, the Building of America Network has featured the country's top projects.

Within the next few months, the SRC will be featured on the Building of America Website, www.buildingofamerica.com.