New Learning Center to Be Recycled and Green
The new Vernon S. Broyles, Jr., Leadership Center on the CTS campus will be “recycled” and “green.”
Designed by Lord Aeck Sargent architects, the center is expected to earn LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
Flooring for a new tower that will serve as the main entrance to the leadership center will be milled from a mature oak now standing next to Simons-Law.
Site drainage will be routed into the existing watershed through a quality-control feature into an underground detention structure that gradually releases into a naturally landscaped ravine.
Rain water from the building itself will be collected and detained in a cistern for landscape irrigation as needed.
Existing and new sloped roofs will be slate shingles made of recycled plastic. All glass openings are to be insulated units with a variety of shading strategies based on orientation.
Natural day-lighting will be an important feature for the functionality of the classrooms, as well as for energy savings. Artificial lighting levels will be kept to a minimum, controlled by a combination of motion sensors and time clocks. The goal is that daytime occupants not have to turn on the lights.
High-efficiency plumbing fixtures will reduce water use significantly.
Construction waste will be recycled or reused as much as extent possible, and permanent recycling areas will be incorporated for use by the seminary community.