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The "green" story of Wilder Center.

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  • Green for Good: How and why Wilder Built Green Wednesday, May 28, 2008 Wilder Center Auditorium
  • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • About Wilder View slide
  • About Wilder
    • Programs working for
    • Successful Aging
    • Troubled Youth and Families
    • Affordable Housing
    • School Success
    • Leadership
    • Research
    View slide
  • The need for Wilder Center
    • An efficient and cost effective future for the Foundation
    • Improve and transform core businesses
    • An inspirational new face of the Wilder Foundation by:
      • Showing how the “business of the Foundation” is done
      • Creating a place that “delights & dignifies every visitor”
      • Showing how sustainable building design contributes to the shaping of sustainable communities
  • Wilder Center Overview
    • 100,000 square feet, 4 stories
    • 300 employees from 4 sites
    • 3.5 acre property, .3 acre green space
    • 400-car parking ramp
    • $35.6 million project cost
    • $10.4 million fundraising goal
    • Occupancy completed January 2008
  • Initial Project Partners key to LEED ®
    • Duke Construction
    • General Contractor
    • Perkins + Will
    • Architecture and Interior Design
    • Dunham Associates
    • Mechanical & Electrical Engineers
    • RLK Incorporated
    • Civil Engineers
  • Project Partners key to LEED cont..
    • Weidt Group , Energy Design Consultants
    • Hunt Electric , Electrical Engineers
    • Horwitz , Mechanical Engineers
    • General Sheet Metal (GSM) , Mechanical Engineers
    • Damon Farber Associates , Landscape Architect
    • Architectural Energy Corporation (AEC) , Commissioning Agent
    • All firms and sub-contractors to implement the design
    • Generous foundations, corporations and individual donors
  • Wilder’s growing interest in being Green Duke engaged P+W selected June ‘05 Feb ‘05 Today and beyond Jan ‘05 Site selected
  • Why was Wilder interested in LEED?
    • Wilder works to build sustainable families and communities
    • LEED promotes practices that emphasize environmental sustainability
    • Wilder Center is a showcase for the connection between sustainable communities and their built environment
  • Wilder’s Business Case for LEED
    • Improved indoor environmental quality promotes a healthy and productive workforce
    • Reduced operating costs
    • Fundraising tool - sets Wilder apart and increases opportunities to engage potential donors
  • What is LEED?
    • “ The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria .”
    -USGBC The Wilder Foundation is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • A LEED for every building
    • LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance.
    LEED Rating systems are available for different types of projects and their entire life-cycle. Wilder Center was designed and built using the LEED-NC rating system.
  • Four Levels of LEED Platinum Gold Silver Certified Wilder Center is expected to receive a LEED Gold rating
  • LEED Credits in six Categories
    • Sustainable Sites
    • Water Efficiency
    • Energy and Atmosphere
    • Materials and Resources
    • Indoor Environment
    • Design and Innovation
  • The LEED checklist
    • We’ve included a working draft of the Wilder Center LEED checklist as a handout.
    • Projects earn points for the credits they employ
    • Each level of certification (silver, gold, etc) has a threshold of a minimum number of points
  • For more information
    • Please refer to the Wilder Center + LEED handout for additional details on which credits Wilder chose to pursue. This information is also available at our green design education center in the lobby.
  • After occupancy
  • Exemplary recycling program
    • Increased recycling by over 30% in 1 st quarter
    • Mixed recycling at every desk collected each night
    • Small trash bins are emptied by employees
    • This encourages employees to be more thoughtful about what they throw away vs. recycle
    Trash bins at employees’ desks are only 5” high!
  • Employees’ reactions
    • “ I’m more excited to work here because it is a green building; part of my value system is reflected at my workplace.”
    • “ Just by having built this building in a sustainable way Wilder has accomplished something – and I’m proud of that.”
  • Employees’ reactions cont…
    • “ I love the natural light, especially since I’m in a cubicle. It is energizing and invigorating.”
    • “ My behavior at work around trash and recycling has changed what I do at home.”
    • “ I use the shower when I bike to work – it’s great!”
  • Dale Emter Pre-Construction Manager Duke Construction
  • Lexington Park - 2008
  • Wilder Center: LEED Timeline Construction: 18 months PlanningDesign: 12 months Commission: 8 months May ‘08 * * * * * * * * May ‘05 * * * * * * * LEED Workshop Owner Interest in Green Verification Construction LEED Workshop Planning & Design LEED Certification
  • Wilder Center: LEED Strategies
    • Site Selection
    • Under Floor Air Distribution (UFAD)
    • Daylight Harvesting
  • Wilder Center: Site Selection
  • ACCESS FLOORING, DISPLACEMENT VENTILATION, DAYLIGHTING
  • Source: “Turning Green Into Gold” by B. Alan Whitson
  • Wilder Center: Under Floor
  • Source: “Turning Green Into Gold” by B. Alan Whitson
  • Wilder Center: Silver to Gold Cost Note : This is a guideline determined for the Wilder project, and will vary from project to project due to location, scope and product type variables.
  • Doug Pierce Senior Architectural Associate Perkins + Will 1250 + Professionals Nationwide 750 + LEED Accredited Professionals 65 Member Staff in Minneapolis Architecture and Interiors 47 LEED Accredited Professionals
  • The Wilder Center - Green for Good What is Sustainable Design? It’s Integrative Whole Systems Thinking + Analysis The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts. Whole Systems - Focused on Relationships and Their Outcomes. - Includes as many Variables as Possible . Analysis - Focused on Objects. - Eliminates as many Variables as Possible. Whole Systems Matrix Analytical Linear Flow Diagram
  • The Wilder Center - Green for Good What is Sustainable Design?
    • Smaller is Beautiful
    • Example: Integrated Design
    • Going Green Reduced Building Size 10,000 Sq. Ft.
    • $2.5 Million Saved in Construction Costs - $1.2 Million in Green Construction Costs - $1.3 Million in Total Construction Cost Savings
    • Shifted From Closed Offices to Open Offices. - Equitable Access to Abundant Daylight and Views - Easy Access to Colleagues for Collaboration - 20% More Fresh Air than Normal
    • Increased Health and Productivity - Greatly improved Energy Efficiency - Reduced Carbon Footprint
    It’s Integrative Whole Systems Thinking + Analysis Equity Ecology Economy
  • The Wilder Center - Green for Good What is Sustainable Design? It’s Evolutionary Incremental Change @ Revolutionary Speed
    • Start Early. It Takes Time to Evolve the Design and Your Thinking.
    • Example: Underfloor Displacement Ventilation
    • Several Million Sq Ft Installed on the Coasts - Wilder Center one of the Very First in Upper Midwest - Significant Change in Design and Performance - 20% of Overall Energy Savings
    • 2 Months to Decide - Field Trips To Washington D.C. - 4 Energy Modeling Scenarios Studied
    LEED: 4-5 Points - (2-3) Energy Optimization Points - 1 Point Occupant Thermal Control - 1 Point Increased Ventilation (Supports this Point)
  • The Wilder Center - Green for Good What is Sustainable Design? It’s Resourceful Identify + Creatively Use Available Resources Resources are NOT always Identified As Resources Example: Stormwater or Rainwater? Stormwater gets a Sewer = Negative Rainwater gets Harvested = Positive The Development installed Stormwater Tanks - Did not provide for Rainwater Harvesting - Construction Cost of Infrastructure was Spent - Wilder Could not justify the cost to Re-construct Lost 3 Potential LEED Points - No Use of Potable Water for Irrigation - Innovative Waste Water (Rainwater for Toilets) - Reduced Stormwater Run-off (LEED Level) Rainwater should be considered a Resource.
  • The Wilder Center - Green for Good What is Sustainable Design? It’s Resourceful Identify + Creatively Use Available Resources Sometimes, Perceived Negatives can be Positives Example: Concrete Retaining Wall Urban Blight or Site Resource? - Originally Everyone focused on Covering Up the Wall
  • The Wilder Center - Green for Good What is Sustainable Design? It’s Resourceful Identify + Creatively Use Available Resources Sometimes, Perceived Negatives can be Positives Example: Concrete Retaining Wall Urban Blight or Historic Artifact? - Last Remaining Elements of Lexington Park – Original Home of the Saints
  • The Wilder Center - Green for Good What is Sustainable Design? It’s Resourceful Identify + Creatively Use Available Resources Sometimes, Perceived Negatives can be Positives Example: Concrete Retaining Wall Urban Blight or Site Resource? - Main Body of Building Already Moved North - Visible from University, Better Transit Access
  • The Wilder Center - Green for Good What is Sustainable Design? It’s Resourceful Identify + Creatively Use Available Resources Sometimes, Perceived Negatives can be Positives Example: Concrete Retaining Wall Urban Blight or Urban Oasis? - Previous Negative Became a Positive Creating The Wilder Center Backyard - Choose a Compact Ramp and the Backyard over a Green Roof LEED: 1 Point for Site Heat Island Reduction and 1 Point for Development Footprint
  • The Wilder Center - Green for Good What is Sustainable Design? It’s Resourceful Identify + Creatively Use Available Resources Where’s the Solar? Where’s the Wind Turbine? Example: Energy Efficiency First Excel Energy Design Assistance – A Free Site Resource - Energy Efficiency Cost 1/3 as much as Renewable Energy - More Carbon / Pollution Reduction for the investment. - Best Operations Payback; Not as Inspiring or Readily Visible. LEED: 6-7 Points Energy Optimization 1 Point Green Energy (Excel Wind Source)
  • The Wilder Center - Green for Good What is Sustainable Design?
    • Example: The Inherent Beauty of Energy Efficiency
    • 2005: 5,000 Minnesota Babies at risk of behavioral and learning disorders. - Coal Fired Power Plants: Responsible for 46% of Mercury Contamination. - Building use 65% of U.S. Electricity.
    • Children’s Behavioral Health – One of Wilders Most Venerable Programs
    “ Nothing is Beautiful that Creates Ugliness at any other place or any other time.” David Orr It’s Authentic Needs + Wants + Ethics + Values
  • The Wilder Center - Green for Good What is Sustainable Design?
    • Example: The Inherent Beauty of Energy Efficiency
    • Buildings are responsible for over 48% if U.S. Green House Gas Emissions.
    • - The Wilder Center will operate on 40% to 50% less energy. - Save over 1200 Tons of Carbon Annually. (48,000 Tons over 40 years) - Equal to planting about 350 Acres of Trees Annually.
    “ Nothing is Beautiful that Creates Ugliness at any other place or any other time.” David Orr It’s Authentic Needs + Wants + Ethics + Values
  • The Wilder Center - Green for Good What is Sustainable Design? It’s Infinite Needs + Wants + Ethics + Values We play Finite games to compete and win. They always have losers and are called war…NBA, Wall Street and politics. We play Infinite games to play; they have no losers because the object of the game is to keep playing. Infinite Games are called family, culture, tree planting, storytelling, community, <sustainable design> Paul Hawken – Blessed Unrest “ There are two kinds of Games in the world. Games that end and games that don’t. There are finite games and infinite games.
  • Thank You!