Omni's Michael Jacobs interviewed by WUKY

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The recently completed UofL Student Recreation Center has received LEED GOLD certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC),

resulting in the highest level of LEED certification on the University of Louisville Belknap Campus. Designed by Omni Architects, Cannon Design, CMTA Engineers, and Carman Landscape Architects, the facility incorporates the highest levels of sustainable design practices. The project site was selected near student dormitories to support the campus goals of providing a range of mobility options that support cycling, provides dedicated energy efficient vehicle and carpool parking on site, and expands enhanced bus and walking access. The facility further follows sustainable initiatives in its use of renewable materials, improved indoor air quality, rainwater harvesting, solar thermal water heating, and reduced water consumption. In addition, innovation credits have been achieved through the implementation of an interactive digital dashboard to serve as a teaching tool for students and building occupants by allowing real time monitoring of energy consumption rates and other sustainable initiatives.

The building materials incorporated include high R-Value smooth and striated metal insulated wall panels with interlocking sealed joints. These “sandwich” type metal panels include a silver metallic color for added exterior performance characteristics (both life-span and solar reflectance) and provide an impressive thermal and moisture performance systems while boosting the building’s overall energy efficiency. Other regional materials were utilized, such as the exterior brick, which reduced the energy utilized in the transportation costs of delivery. Rigid insulation was utilized over the entire roof surface allowing for an average of R-30. Low-Emissivity Solar Ban 60 glazing with a ceramic fritted pattern was incorporated on the West and South facing elevations to reduce solar heat gain within the building. To reduce heat island effect (the tendency for urban areas to maintain higher temperatures than rural) a cool-white SBS Modified Bituminous roofing system was utilized to minimize the impacts on adjacent microclimates while simultaneously reducing heat gain within the building.

The University of Louisville is committed to integrating sustainability into every facet of campus life, from how facilities are designed and managed, to what is taught in the classrooms and research labs. The vision of the University of Louisville is to create a university that is itself an example of sustainability with a campus community that leads by example, and educates not only by what they say, but more importantly, by what they do. The new Student Recreation Center is a prime example of this vision.

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