Maintenance Center, Seaton Center LEED-Certified

Seaton Computing Center

By Brian Kleemann

The Campus Maintenance Center at College of DuPage has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, while the renovated Seaton Computing Center has earned Silver certification.

The CMC and SCC are the most recent facilities constructed and renovated on the College of DuPage campus to receive LEED certification. Click here to see photos of these projects. The others include the Health and Sciences Center, Gold; Technical Education Center, Silver; and Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center, Certified.

Dr. Robert L. Breuder, President of College of DuPage, said green technology was a key component of the College’s extensive campus renovation plan.

“This demonstrates our commitment to being energy efficient and environmentally responsible,” he said. “It is especially gratifying that our Campus Maintenance Center earned Gold certification, considering that part of our Operations department was previously located in one of the College’s ‘temporary’ structures that were built more than 40 years ago, long before modern green technology was developed.”

The 35,000 square-foot Campus Maintenance Center was designed by Legat Architects and houses both the Facilities and Operations departments. The center, which is located on the far southwest corner of the Glen Ellyn campus, features housing for 17 small and 11 large vehicles, space for vehicle maintenance, workshops, a signage shop, custodial space, employee offices, and a conference room.

High-performance features of the CMC include a clerestory around the vehicle storage and shop areas to help reduce electricity usage, use of low volatile organic compound content materials and high efficiency water fixtures, controllable lighting and thermal comfort systems, and a white reflective roof and non-roof areas to reduce the heat island effect. In addition, more than 68 percent of materials used to construct the CMC were extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the campus, with 36 percent of all materials used featuring recycled content.

“We’re very proud of the green technology used in the construction and design of the Campus Maintenance Center,” said Julie Carey, Project Manager at College of DuPage. “We were able to recycle 81 percent of the construction waste, and the building will result in a 22.1 percent reduction in energy use and a 31 percent reduction in domestic water use compared to a similar structure that did not include forward thinking green technology in its construction.”

The Seaton Computing Center originally opened in 1990, dedicated in honor of the College’s first Board of Trustees Chairman, George Seaton. The 18,500 square-foot center has undergone a complete interior and exterior renovation, designed by Wight & Company, with learning spaces that support cutting-edge and highly specialized computer applications – a visual and simulation lab, networking hardware labs, a server/networking lab, software/web development labs, high-tech classrooms and end-user labs. These spaces are being used by the Computer and Internetworking Technologies, Computer Information Systems, and Office Technology Information programs.

Features of the SCC include the reuse of more than 23 percent of the existing walls, flooring and roof in the renovation; controllable lighting systems; and the use of landscaping and materials around the center to reduce the heat island effect. The building results in a 12.1 percent reduction in energy use and a 42 percent reduction in domestic water use.

In addition, 44 percent of materials used to construct the SCC were extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of campus, with 94 percent of construction waste recycled and 26 percent of all materials used featuring recycled content.

“Taking a 20-year-old structure that was not energy-efficient and converting it into a state-of-the-art learning facility while applying green technology was a significant achievement,” Dr. Breuder said.

The College is also seeking LEED certification for the Berg Instructional Center, Student Resource Center, Physical Education Center, McAninch Arts Center, and Culinary & Hospitality Center, the latter of which was constructed specifically to be the first culinary education center in the country to earn LEED certification.