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Wildwood Campus Earns Regional Design Award

June 20, 2008

Wildwood campus  
The Wildwood campus recently received a 2008 Regional
Excellence Award from St. Louis Construction News and
Real Estate.

St. Louis Community College’s campus in Wildwood has earned a regional award for design excellence.

The campus received the 2008 Regional Excellence Award from St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate. The awards recognize projects completed in the last year that demonstrate excellence in design, excellence in construction, and a positive contribution to the St. Louis Community.

STLCC-Wildwood is the largest community college facility in the United States to receive a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. The LEED green building rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The gold rating is the second highest ranking obtainable under the LEED system.

The rating is based on incorporation of design and construction features that address site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere considerations, materials and resources usage, indoor environmental quality, and innovative design. To achieve gold certification, a building must earn at least 39 points in those six areas. The Wildwood campus applied for 47 points and received 46.

The 75,000-square-foot facility blends green design with traditional Gothic motifs and is 30 percent more energy and water efficient than a typical code-compliant building of its size. Sustainable features include:

  • T-shaped windows that allow more natural light in, as well as light shelves to reflect light further into rooms. The lighting system automatically balances to accommodate variations in natural light.
  • Ceiling fans in each room uniformly distribute fresh air, enhance ventilation and reduce energy consumption by as much as 30 percent.
  • A sedum roof that overcomes the "heat island" effect from the building by reflecting heat from summer sunlight and insulating the building in winter.
  • Parking lot plug-ins for electric cars.
  • East-west solar orientation to fully capitalize on sunlight for heating, cooling and natural light.
  • A one-quarter-acre retention pond landscaped with trees, bushes and native prairie grass.
  • Four cisterns that can capture up to 80,000 gallons of rainwater to be used for irrigation; waterless urinals and drought-resistant landscaping.
  • "Healthy building" elements such as low emissive building materials.

Design partners in the Wildwood campus are William B. Ittner Inc., architect; William Tao and Associates Inc., engineer; David Mason and Associates, civil engineer; KWAME Building Group Inc., project manager; and L.A. Schaefer Construction Inc., contractor.