We are proud to announce that the Noël P. Brown Sports Center Expansion at Nova Southeastern University’s, University School (Junior K-12) has successfully achieved LEED Gold! This 59,000 square foot, state-of-the-art sports facility is located at the Ft. Lauderdale/Davie campus and includes training and fitness rooms for students of 15 different sports, a gymnasium, activity room, locker room facilities, and offices for the athletic department staff and Special Olympics Broward County. This sustainably built facility also included unique health and WELLness features:
“Physical activity has been a focus of concern in green buildings, it is a part of LEED and WELL building standards. Burn Calories, Not Electricity” said Brittany Storm, Senior LEED Project Manager. When we enter buildings, we are often presented with a choice between taking the stairs and taking an elevator/escalator. Choosing the stairs is a simple way to add physical activity to our daily routine. Locating the main staircase to be visible before an occupant visually encounters elevator/escalator has been shown to increase stair usage.
To achieve this the project achieved LEED’s Pilot Credit: Design for Active Occupants, which seeks to improve the health of building users through physical activity while reducing environmental impacts. It requires at least one main stair to travel from the building entrance to the other floors, and then allows the project team to choose from a suite of physical activity design strategies including lighting, signage, sensory stimulation (i.e. artwork), accessibility.
Another health and WELLness credit achieved was Low Emitting Furniture. There is a demand for products that support health and safety for people and the planet. Indoor air quality is one of those demands. We spend 90% of our time indoors. It is important to have products that support healthier indoor environments. All furniture systems and seating at Noel P. Brown have GREENGUARD and ANSI/BIFMA certifications, assuring products meet chemical emission limits for indoor spaces.
Additional sustainable credits/features include:
· Located in a neighborhood with Community Connectivity and Public Transportation Access, walking distance to at least 10 basic services and two bus lines.
· At least 5% of parking spaces reserved for Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles and another 5% reserved for Car/Vanpool Vehicles.
· Reduction of Heat Island Effect on the Roof through using high Solar Reflectance Index materials on 100% of the roof.
· Designs led to Reduced Potable Water Consumption for Irrigation by 55.02%
· Designs led to Reduced Potable Water Consumption for the entire Building by 39.21%
Energy and Atmosphere
· Designs led to an Energy Performance Cost Savings of 19.21% and the whole-building energy and water data will be shared through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
· Enhanced Building Commissioning was done to ensure that the Owner’s Project Requirements and Basis of Design were met.
· The building has procured a contract for 70.01% of its electricity needs for the next two years to come from Green Power/Renewable Energy sources.
Materials and Resources
· The project Diverted 82.74% of its Construction Waste from going to landfills.
· Recycled Materials were used in 21.12% of the building materials content, by value.
· 24.38% of building materials value came from Regional Materials, which were harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the project.
· Forest Stewardship Council Certified Wood made up 85.83% of the total wood-based building materials.
Indoor Environmental Quality
· Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring devices and design have been implemented in this project to ensure sufficient outdoor airflow is achieved and low CO2 levels for building occupants.
· During Construction and Before Occupancy Indoor Air Quality Management Plans were created and implemented to ensure the reduction of air quality problems and to promote comfort and well-being of construction workers and building occupants.
· Low-Emitting Materials were used to limit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in paints, sealants, adhesives and flooring systems, while making sure that composite wood and agrifiber products did not have added urea-formaldehyde.
· 100% of the building occupants and multi-occupant spaces enable adjustments and Controllability of Systems Lighting.
· Thermal Comfort for building occupants was Designed and will be Verified through surveys and corrected, when needed.
Additional Innovations in Design
· A Green Cleaning Policy was designed and incorporated to reduce harmful chemicals typically used in cleaning products.
· A 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 sports complex expansion project with Nova Southeastern University 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: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Owner: Nova Southeastern University
The Spinnaker Group Services Rendered: LEED Consulting and Building Commissioning
Architect: Gallo Herbert Architects
MEP: KAMM Consulting
Civil Engineer: Keith and Associates
Landscape Architect: Landscape Architect Consultants, Inc.
Certification Level: LEED BD+C New Construction – Gold