UMC Wellness CenterNew Construction | 2016
The UMC Wellness Center is a new thirty-eight thousand square foot facility with a two court gymnasium, running track, fitness/cardio areas, classroom and multi-purpose exercise room. Using the B3 Guidelines provided a framework for the project team to set and meet sustainability goals, resulting in a more efficient and higher value project. Prominent features related to the Guidelines include façade design, on-site renewable energy generation, and deliberate landscape planning.
The design team continually evaluated the façade and glazing design to balance the sometimes conflicting goals of natural daylighting, outdoor views, envelope thermal performance, and bird-safe design, which resulted in using a white ceramic frit pattern on the interior panes of glass. While on-site renewable energy generation didn’t seem initially feasible due to long payback periods, the project team worked with the local electrical utility to secure additional funding to build a 20 KW solar power array, which will generate about 4% of the total building energy use. Though it was a challenge to meet the natural vegetation guidelines on a site where turf grass is commonplace, the project team was able to incorporate plant selections proposed through a class project on low-irrigation, native species to achieve plant diversity and continued opportunities for hands on learning.
This project is the winner of the 2016 Best of B3 Design Award.