The new Purdue Polytechnic Institute is an educational statement that reflects P3’s – Purdue Polytechnic, Flagship Enterprise, City of Anderson – mission to be a nexus of industrial, academic and economic activity for East Central Indiana. The Institute supports a highly interactive learning environment; its pod-like classrooms are set in from the perimeter so that informal study and social interaction can overlook the main atrium and pedestrian thoroughfare.
Some of the Sustainable Design Elements include:
- LED lighting – utilized throughout the building, which improved energy savings and earned the low-mercury lighting ID credit
- Heat Island Effect: Roof – This project utilized a white roof which lessens the overall heat-island effect and saves on cooling energy.
- Reduce Water Use – Low-flow plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals were installed to decrease potable water usage by more than 34% when compared to a baseline case. This results in over 41,000 gallons of water saved per year.
- REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION – An efficient envelope, HVAC, and interior lighting design resulted in over 35% energy cost savings when compared to a baseline building. Efficient air handling units were installed with high performance boilers to provide energy savings and comfort throughout the building.
- IMPROVE INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY – Controls for lighting levels and thermal comfort have been provided for individual workstations and multi-occupant spaces throughout the building. These controls promote occupant productivity, comfort, and well-being.
- IMPROVE INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY – The building was designed with occupant thermal comfort in mind. All HVAC systems were designed in order to maintain comfortable temperature and humidity in all occupiable spaces.
- RESPONSIBLE MATERIAL CHOICES – Construction Materials
– 24% consisted of recycled content
– 45% consisted of products that were manufactured and harvested within 500 miles of Greencastle.
The project is LEED Gold.