The state-of-the-art UConn Student Recreation Center achieved LEED Gold and SITES certification while also providing a wellness haven for the campus community.
The project’s major goal was to reduce energy demands associated with space heating and cooling. Atelier Ten’s building envelope and glazing recommendations reduced heat loss and solar heat gains. Additionally, demand controlled ventilation systems were added in select spaces to provide optimum thermal comfort when spaces are occupied and reduce energy demands when spaces are vacant. The use of LED fixtures, automatic lighting controls and an efficient exterior lighting plan, resulted in a 34% reduction in lighting power density. Atelier Ten’s energy analysis and recommendations resulted in an overall energy savings of 26% and energy cost savings of 46%.
To reduce unnecessary water use, Atelier Ten recommended irrigation-free landscape composed of native and drought-tolerant plantings. Permeable paving in the parking lot and bioswales along the sidewalk help retain stormwater on site and reduce runoff. Canopy trees and seating options encourage a pedestrian friendly environment.