The Science Center at Montgomery College has been awarded LEED Gold certification.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a certification program created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), celebrates and certifies buildings and communities for their dedication to sustainability in design, construction, operations, and maintenance.
"Reducing the energy consumption of a building is a major consideration in achieving a LEED Gold rating. Towards that end, the design of exterior envelope, in addition to providing the building’s image, can significantly reduce the amount of energy consumed. The challenge is to provide a balance between natural light for the occupants and providing insulated walls to reduce energy consumption. Not only does high performance glazing reduce solar heat gain it also provides enough natural light to reduce the need for electric lighting.”
- Don Farmer, Senior Associate & Project Manager
As a follow-up to a master plan completed by Cho Benn Holback + Associates a Quinn Evans Company, the construction of this brand new 141,000 SF building, included new labs for biology, chemistry and physical sciences, classrooms, a rooftop observatory, a greenhouse and faculty offices. This was the first phase of a three-phase project to create a math-science complex at the southern end of campus.
Architects and designers implemented unique features throughout the building in an effort to demonstrate and encourage student interest in how science, technology, and architecture can harmoniously be integrated. Some of the most interesting features include exposing the mechanics of the elevator, a giant circulating fan, exposing the basic concrete structure of the building, the use of recycled and renewable materials, rainwater collection cisterns and a rolling roof.
The Science Center was able to achieve LEED Gold certification by implementing practical solutions intended to achieve high performance. These include energy efficient design, water use reduction, sustainable site selection and development, responsible materials selection and waste management, and enhanced indoor environmental quality.
"The achievement of LEED Gold certification for Montgomery College’s Science East building continues the commitment established at the outset of the Science Complex project which includes Science Center, Science East and Science West on the college’s Rockville campus. We are proud to be a member of this team, dedicated to sustainable practice and results and including Montgomery College and our design partner, Stantec, in reaching this Gold accreditation."
- Brian Oster, Principal
LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 90,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 19.1 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 165 countries and territories.
Project Team included:
- David Benn, AIA, LEED AP
- Brian Oster, AIA, LEED AP
- Lisa Reed, LEED AP BD + C
Principal in Charge
Project Manager | Project Architect
Congratulations to the design team on this exciting achievement!