The new Student Community Center at UC Davis has been certified LEED platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, the university announced Thursday.
That gives UCD five facilities that have attained the top Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating — the most in the 10-campus UC system.
“The project met the high standards of the LEED Platinum designation without using rare or complex technologies — just smart, thoughtful design using the best practices of today,” campus architect Clayton Halliday said in a news release. “But taken together, they make a big impact on the building’s overall sustainability.”
Designed and built by MFDB Architects of Sacramento and Flintco Pacific Construction of Roseville, with assistance from BAR Architects of San Francisco, the Student Community Center is 32 percent more energy-efficient than state building codes require. Its drought-tolerant landscaping is expected to use half as much water as a lawn would.
Among the $22 million building’s other green features are natural ventilation, low-flow water fixtures and “hydration stations” intended to reduce plastic bottle use, skylights and high-efficiency lighting fixtures that minimize artificial lighting unless needed.
The Associated Students of UC Davis manages the CoHo South café, which composts and recycles food and food packaging, and has set up a composting program for the building.
Even scrap materials generated during the center’s construction were donated to the student-run Aggie ReUse Store, which sells used and re-purposed goods. More than 96 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.
Though the center lacks its own solar panels, a portion of the energy generated by parking lot solar panels is earmarked for the 44,000-square-foot building.
The center also houses study areas, a media lab and student-life organizations that include the Cross Cultural Center and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center.
UCD requires that its new building be at least 25 percent more energy-efficient than the state code requires. UC’s systemwide requirement is 20 percent more efficient than code.
UCD’s other LEED platinum buildings are the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science; Gladys Valley Hall, a veterinary medicine instructional facility; Gallagher Hall, the home of the Graduate School of Management; and the Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline, Nev.