Department of Construction Services earns first ever LEED® Gold Certification for Norwalk Community College
“Norwalk Community College’s LEED Gold certification is a terrific accomplishment and a testament to their commitment to helping reduce our state’s energy consumption. This designation isn’t easy to obtain, and the administrators on campus, the construction and design teams and the architects should be commended for their hard work. Hopefully their experiences can help others in the state obtain this certification, as well.”
– President Robert A. Kennedy, Board of Regents for Higher Education
(Norwalk, Conn.) –– The Norwalk Community College (NCC) Center for Science Health and Wellness was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (www.usgbc.org).
The state of the art new building and renovations at NCC was designed for the Nursing & Allied Heath program, science laboratories, faculty offices and a fitness facility. The project started construction in February 2010 and in one and half years, the project was completed and opened its doors for the 2011 Fall Semester.
The design and construction of the project was administered by the Connecticut Department of Construction Services (DCS) on behalf of NCC and the Connecticut Board of Regents. It is the first awarded LEED Gold project for the Connecticut Community College system and DCS.
Exceeding the original goal of LEED Certified, the achievement of LEED Gold required additional time, involvement and dedication from the project design team, construction team and owners to achieve sustainable measures well beyond a building meeting minimum code requirements. Sustainable design measures implemented at the Center will provide students, faculty and staff with a healthy and comfortable indoor environment to work and study in while providing economical benefits to the college through utility cost savings.
Site design maximized the natural daylight to reduce energy consumption caused by artificial lighting. Water-efficient plumbing fixtures where also put into place to reduce water usage by 43.6% annually and energy-efficient building and HVAC design will allow NCC to save over 14% in calculated annual energy costs.
To further reduce the building’s impact on the environment, 90% of construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfills through recycling and reuse. Overall, the building materials contained 30% recycled content and more than 27% of the materials that went into the building’s construction were both manufacturer and extracted locally, reducing resource consumption from material transportation.
Additionally, approximately 320 construction and trades workers from 41 companies were employed by this project totaling over 100,000 hours worked with no lost time injuries. Over 40 design professionals and consultants worked on this project.
“This is the first LEED Gold awarded project for the Connecticut Community College system and the Department of Construction Services and we’re incredibly proud of that,” said DCS Deputy Commissioner Bud Salemi. “The fundamental goal for LEED is to help building owners and managers deliver a high quality indoor environment while reducing costs and environmental impacts by keeping buildings operating efficiently over the long term. LEED buildings lower operating costs and increase asset value, reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and are healthier and safer for occupants.”
Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education President Robert A Kennedy said, “Norwalk Community College’s LEED Gold certification is a terrific accomplishment and a testament to their commitment to helping reduce our state’s energy consumption. This designation isn’t easy to obtain, and the administrators on campus, the construction and design teams and the architects should be commended for their hard work. Hopefully their experiences can help others in the state obtain this certification, as well.” Connecticut’s State Colleges, Universities and Community Colleges are governed by the CT Board of Regents.
“All over campus, we are implementing changes leading to climate neutrality,” said David L. Levinson, Ph.D., NCC President and Vice-President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities. “By educating and empowering students and creating solutions, the college also is providing leadership-by-example for the community.”
In a letter to NCC students from United Nations Climate Convention Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres she said, “I have been following your activities over the past three years and have been profoundly impressed by your perseverance. It is precisely your powerful combination of unswerving commitment in the present and clear vision of the future that makes the world change ... I salute you!”
Photo Caption: From l to r: Department of Construction Services’ Steven Longo and Joel Baranowski pose with Department of Construction Services’ acting Commissioner Donald DeFronzo.
Location: 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT, 06854
Cost: $20.1M Construction (Total Cost: $27.5M)
Size: 50,000 square feet addition
28,500 square feet renovation (A-Wing)
Purpose: The new Health and Science Center provides a new home to the growing nursing and physical therapy
programs and new lab space for the science program which has occupied laboratories since they were
built in the 1960’s. Renovations to the A-Wing gave the Art department expanded new space and
desperately needed classrooms.
Floors: 3-story new addition
Interior: Program space for Health and Wellness Center: new physical therapy program (1st Floor); new home for
the nursing program (2nd Floor); and new laboratories and offices for the science department (3rd
Floor). The renovated A-Wing for classrooms, offices, and new art studios.
Agencies: Board of Regents of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
Norwalk Community College
Connecticut Department of Construction Services
Architect: Mitchell Giurgola Architects (New York, New York)
Fletcher Thompson Architects (Shelton, Connecticut)
Consultant: Steven Winter Associates (Norwalk, Connecticut)
Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (New Haven, Connecticut)
CA: LiRo Program & Project Management (New York, New York)
Commissioning: Genesys (New York)
Artist: Dennis Oppenheim, New York
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About the Connecticut Department of Construction Services
DCS is the state’s primary agency for executive and judicial branch construction-related services; administration of the state school construction grant program; and development, administration and training of state building and fire safety codes. For more information on DCS, visit: www.ct.gov/dcs.
About the Norwalk Community College
Norwalk Community College is the southwestern Fairfield County leader and partner in the academic, economic and cultural lives of our communities, providing comprehensive, accessible, innovative and affordable learning opportunities to diverse populations. For more information on NCC, visit: www.ncc.commnet.edu.
About the Board of Regents of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
The 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU) governed by the Board of Regents offer students an affordable, accessible option to further their education or career training. With 12 community colleges, 4 state universities and an online college, no matter where you live or work, there's a ConnSCU campus close to you. For more information visit: www.ctregents.org.
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