SCF Earns Gold for First LEED Certified Building
Chiller Plant Doubles as Lab for New Energy Technology Degree
(Bradenton, Fla., September 29, 2011) — A ceremony recognizing State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for its first green certified building, the Medical Technology and Simulation Center (MTSC), was held on Thursday, Sept. 29, at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy., East.
“SCF’s foresight in the design of the MTSC positions the college to meet the needs in two areas important to the community: sustainability and wellness. While the LEED Gold certification represents a tangible symbol of our commitment to the environment, sustainability and health and wellness initiatives are fundamental to our college’s culture,” said SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.
The ceremony also highlighted the start of SCF’s new Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Energy Technology Management Program, which is the first in Florida.
Guest speaker Robert Chronic, director of energy solutions training programs for Eaton Energy Solutions Inc., applauded SCF for its vision in developing the Energy Technology Management Program.
“Jobs are going begging in this field, and this program will help fill the gap. SCF has hit a home run with the Energy Technology Management Program. Eaton looks forward to meeting your graduates,” Chronic said.
At the ceremony, Hafner recognized SCF’s District Board of Trustees for its commitment to using college resources efficiently. Trustees Ann Moore and Lori Moran and former SCF trustee Christine Robinson attended the ceremony.
Hafner also recognized Traci Steen, associate vice president of facilities management
and government relations, for her leadership role in achieving the LEED Gold certification
and advancing the college’s sustainability initiatives.
Michael Carlson, president of Carlson Studio Architecture, in his role as president of the Florida Gulf Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and vice chair of the Florida Caribbean Regional Council of the USGBC, presented certificates to the local companies on the design/ build team. Assisting him was Jennifer McAlister, branch secretary for USGBC.
The following were recognized: Rick Fawley, president, Mike Bryant, vice president/principal architect, and Jason Taylor, project architect, for Fawley Bryant Architects, Sarasota/Bradenton; Peter Hayes, president, Brian Leaver, principal, and Brad Petz, project superintendent, for Tandem Construction, Sarasota; Jim Keohane, division director of architecture at TLC Engineering, Tampa; Scott McKenna, senior project manager of Stantec, Sarasota; Kimber Bereiter, former vice president and senior landscape architect for John Moody & Associates, Bradenton; and Robert Garcia, vice president of business development for Tampa Bay Trane, Tampa.
Also attending the ceremony were Dr. Mike Mears, SCF vice president of baccalaureate programs; and Adrienne Gould-Choquette, director of the SCF’s B.A.S. in Energy Technology Management Program.
SCF sought and earned 40 uncontested points from the USGBC, achieving LEED Gold certification
for the 42,000-square-foot MTSC’s environmentally friendly features that include exceptional
energy, lighting, water and material use and for incorporating a variety of other
Developed by the USGBC, LEED is a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
Building certification levels are ranked in four categories—Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum—and are achieved through a point measurement system of five benchmark areas including Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality. Additional points are possible through an Innovative Design evaluation category.
A significant green feature of the MTSC is the 1,600-square-foot chiller plant that uses a Thermal Energy Storage system to provide air conditioning for the campus during peak times. The chiller plant is designed to help SCF reduce annual energy costs by nearly 30 percent. A water condensate recovery system captures water from the air-handler’s coils and recycles it back into the air-conditioning system to replace 10 to 20 percent of the lost condensation needed to operate the cooling tower. Waste water generated by the chiller plant is reused for irrigation purposes as a water conservation measure.
In addition to cooling all the buildings on campus, the chiller plant will be a hands-on learning lab for students in SCF’s B.A.S. Energy Technology Management Program, which provides students with a broad-based fundamental education in energy-related principles and skills to recommend, implement, support and monitor systems and policies of energy usage for large buildings or complexes.
Career possibilities for graduates of the program include: energy manager, energy applications specialist, facilities manager, energy conservation specialist or energy auditor.
The Energy Technology Management Program will start in January 2012. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 1. Visit scf.edu/bachelors for more information on the program.
SCF District Board of Trustees Lori Moran and Ann Moore and SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner recognize SCF’s first LEED Gold certified building, the Medical Technology and Simulation Center at a ceremony on Sept. 29.
Robert Garcia, vice president of business development for Tampa Bay Trane, SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner and Traci Steen, associate vice president of facilities management and government relations, recognize SCF’s first LEED Gold certified building, the Medical Technology and Simulation Center at a ceremony on Sept. 29.
Dr. Mike Mears, SCF vice president of baccalaureate programs, Robert Chronic, director of energy solutions training programs for Eaton Energy Solutions Inc., SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, Lindsay Rowe, SCF’s first B.A.S. Energy Technology Management Program student, and Robert Garcia, vice president of business development for Tampa Bay Trane, recognize SCF’s first LEED Gold certified building, the Medical Technology and Simulation Center at a ceremony on Sept. 29.
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