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Environmental honors for DEC Center

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

LEED GoldThe DEC Center at Philadelphia University has received LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council and a shout-out in two design publications.

“Philadelphia University is a leader in both sustainability education and practices on our campus,” said university president Stephen Spinelli Jr. “These are critically important issues in the 21st century.”

Some of the sustainable strategies that earned the DEC Center its LEED Gold Certification include its stormwater management system, heat-reducing green roof, water-efficient faucets and toilets, solar pre-heat of hot water, energy-efficient lighting, partial geothermal power from the University’s first geothermal well, and its solar veil, which helps control heat gain. The University also recently committed to using 100% green power in this building, and throughout the entire campus.

“Pursuing LEED Gold for the DEC Center was a natural fit given Philadelphia University’s commitment to sustainability in their campus, curriculum, and culture,” said Shepley Bulfinch’s Tony Morra AIA, DEC Center project manager. “The DEC Center was designed as a collaborative environment for an innovative new curriculum. Its signature metal screen is both a design statement and an innovative component of its sustainable strategy.”

The DEC Center, which opened in 2013, is home to the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, with its award-winning collaborative curriculum. The building was designed to support and enhance the innovative DEC curriculum. The Center features a two-story central forum with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment; digital media center; seminar rooms with high-definition projection; and fully equipped industrial work spaces.

The Center’s unique design has recently garnered attention from the architecture and environmental press. The Center, with its distinctive perforated aluminum veil, was recently featured in Metal Architecture magazine. The veil was also cited as a top sustainable strategy by Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today in the 2014 edition of their “Insider Knowledge” report.

The DEC Center is Shepley Bulfinch’s third project on the Philadelphia University campus, following the Gutman Library (1993) and Kanbar Campus Center (2012).

“Innovative collaboration,” Metal Architecture, June 2014

2014 Insider Knowledge report, Environmental Leader, May 2014

DEC Center, Philadelphia University

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