Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Denver Architect Receives Gold LEED Certification for Fitness Center

Denver-based Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative has received gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for its design of the Washtenaw Community College Health & Fitness Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The fitness center, which opened in September, includes:
• Lights that turn on only when there’s not enough daylight.
• Non-toxic and renewable materials for the floors and carpet.
• A reflective white roof to reduce heat and cooling requirements.
• Pavement in the parking lot that allows rainwater to soak back naturally into the soil.
• Landscaping with plants that require little or no irrigation.
• Interior pool water that recycles with the aid of appropriate filtering systems.
• Recaptured heat with a central boiler unit.
• Temperature control with room-monitoring sensors for automatic adjustments.

Previous blog entry on OLC

via Margaret Jackson's The Real Deal Blog

1 comment:

55 gallon water barrel said...

I like all the water conservation ideas at the fitness center. Run-off is a major issue. In L.A., water just runs off down cement waterways instead of getting back into the soil. So I really like that idea a lot. I'm curious how it's gone these last couple of years.

Water conservation is why I decided to start the water barrel site. I figured more people needed to recycle the run off from their rooftops.

I wish you'd start posting again. This is great material.