The Spinnaker Group is proud to announce that Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Emergent Technologies Institute achieved LEED Silver certification!
“The research park was developed by the University and partners in the business community and will include: teaching and research laboratories, outdoor research and development fields, pilot-scale testing facilities, technology demonstration areas, power islanding, and visitor parking. The University and its business community partners will initially focus on Environmental Sustainability and renewable Energy including: weather stations, technologies that impact the use of solar and renewable energy in southwest Florida, technologies to improve farming applications for renewable energy developments, design and optimization of structures for combining renewable energy with electric transportation, energy storage, solar desalination of brackish water and anaerobic digestion of food wastes, development of shade tolerant landscape plants to grow under solar panels, and research into active media for use in greenhouses for temperature control.” – http://www.leoadaly.com/portfolio/florida-gulf-coast-university-emergent-technologies-institute/
Some of the LEED Sustainable Credits/Features Includes:
- Provided bike storage for over 5% of the occupants and visitors, as well as a changing room and shower to encourage bike riding over car travel.
- Of the 283,541 sq ft of the LEED project site, over 54% or 153,285 sq ft was reserved as vegetated open space to promote biodiversity.
- Reduced Water Use Indoors in all fixtures by over 51% to reduce the burdens on municipal water supply and wastewater systems.
- The plants and landscape provided are 100% draught tolerant and do not require permanent irrigation systems, which Eliminates Outdoor Potable Water Use on landscape.
Energy & Atmosphere
- Provided an Energy Cost Savings of over 30%, reducing environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use.
- The project team developed and implemented a Measurement and Verification Plan to provide for the ongoing accountability of building energy consumption over time.
Materials & Resources
- Diverted over 87% or almost 975 tons of the Construction Waste from landfills, to reduce the impact of waste.
- Recycled Materials were in over 21%, by cost, of the building materials to reduce impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.
Indoor Environmental Quality
- Low-Emitting Materials were selected and used for all the Paints, Coatings, Sealants, Adhesives, Flooring Systems, Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products, to reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.
Additional Innovations in Design
- A Green Housekeeping Policy was designed and incorporated to reduce harmful chemicals typically used in cleaning products.
- An Integrated Green Pest Management program was designed and incorporated to reduce harmful chemicals typically used for pest management.
We at The Spinnaker Group are happy to have been a part of this great university project with FGCU and the whole team. We look forward to working with all the team members again and to continue to help design and build sustainable educational facilities.
Location: Fort Meyers, Florida
The Spinnaker Group Services Rendered:
Architect: Leo A Daly
Contractor: Wright Construction Group
MEP: OCI Associates
Civil Engineer: Banks Engineering
Landscape Architect: David M. Jones, Jr. & Associate Inc.
Certification Level: LEED BD+C New Construction, Silver Certification
Photographs from: Wright Construction Group