UCSB San Clemente Student Housing
This student housing project is 375,000 square-feet and houses 977 students. The two year construction period resulted in a LEED-certified Gold award due to the sustainable efforts involved in the construction. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), as of 2009 San Clemente Villages was the largest LEED-certified facility on any college campus in the country.
This project was a multi-story, multi-building college apartment complex consisting of 21 buildings ranging from 34,000 to 82,000 square-feet. We provided valued engineering and design and provided package boiler systems to save money and maintain energy compliance along with all plumbing and mechanical for the entire project.
Please take a look at a memo from Barry Colwell on the project below:
UCSB Housing & Residential Services is excited to announce that our San Clemente Village Apartments has just received a second LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This second certification is under the LEED® EB O&M (Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance) Rating System.
San Clemente is now currently the largest university apartment complex in the nation to be double certified at the Gold level, an extraordinary achievement. In June of 2009, upon opening, San Clemente was certified under LEED® as Gold NC (New Construction). Having earned two certifications is notable for any size, but as a 385,000 square foot apartment complex the achievement is clearly stellar.
The USGBC's LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) 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.
LEED® is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, providing building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' long term sustainable performance.
In addition to the usual matrix of performance criteria for certification under LEED®, San Clemente went further by heavily participating in renewable energy, achieving many innovative credits for resident educational practices, and partnering with neighbor projects. One example being the design and creation of a rain garden bioswale, sized appropriately to accept and manage storm water drainage from the entire San Clemente site, as well as a large part of the adjacent El Colegio Road project partnership with Santa Barbara County. The bioswale also accepts much of the storm water runoff from the adjacent UCSB soccer fields, and provides a key part of the sustainable practices educational tour created at San Clemente.
Many enlightened clients and contemporary developers seek to have their projects LEED® certified upon occupancy, and some even pursue initial certification at a premium level. However the true test comes after a few years of occupants use and building maintenance. Performance measurements can then be documented of energy usage, building systems, and operation purchasing sustainability. Seeking a second certification provides a premium level of validation and credibility not often seen.
Also highly notable, this latest achievement was accomplished internally at UCSB, with very little assistance from external consultants. The LEED EB O+M premium GOLD certification was earned through the support of the Executive Director of Housing & Residential Services, Willie Brown, and through very close collaboration of UCSB Housing & Residential Services staff, UCSB Administrative Services staff, CCBER (Cheadle Center of Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration), and a tireless team of UCSB Environmental Studies student interns.
Now that Housing & Residential Services has gained the knowledge and experience to achieve a double Gold certification on San Clemente, we have raised the bar to Platinum as the goal for the new Housing projects, San Joaquin and Sierra Madre. We also will be seeking to LEED certify, at a premium level, our portfolio of existing residence halls and apartments such as Santa Rosa Hall upon renovations this summer 2012, and continuing with Manzanita Village under the LEED EB O+M next fall.
Our sincerest appreciation goes out to all of the enthusiastic people who generously gave of their time, talent, and experience to assist in this notable goal. Together we are learning how to make impactful changes to our habits and environment, enabling us to pursue a continuing evolutionary adventure into an exciting sustainable future for all!