The Mund College Center is being designed and constructed using the United States Green Building Council's LEED Rating System. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized standard for what constitutes a "green building." Many aspects of the Mund College Center contribute positively to the environment. In addition, a commissioning agent has been included as part of the construction team to ensure proper installation of the Mechanical, Electronic, and Plumbing equipment and will ensure proper use and savings with this equipment. Here is an overview of a few of the green features of the Renovated Mund College Center.
Landscaping & Site Development
Among the greatest environmental impacts that buildings have is on the land itself. Building on undeveloped sites alters ecosystems, consumes natural resources, and uses significant energy. Since the Mund College Center has been built on a previously developed site, greenspace and ecosystems are not disturbed. A rain garden has been added to the design, which will absorb runoff from impervious surfaces and will allow stormwater to soak into the ground instead of flowing into storm drains. The plants within the rain garden and the landscaping surrounding the new Mund College Center will include native and drought-resistant trees, shrubs and will not require an irrigation system.
The Mund College Center will provide secure bicycle racks to encourage building users to opt for bicycles instead of cars for transportation. The Mund College Center is also conveniently located near public transportation stops run by both Colt and Capital Trailways bus companies and a train station in nearby Elizabethtown. To encourage responsible vehicle ownership, five percent of parking spaces located near the Mund College Center will be reserved for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.
In an effort to continue Lebanon Valley College’s strategy to reduce water usage, the Mund College Center is equipped with environmentally-friendly restrooms with low-flow faucets and toilets and waterless urinals. In addition, the site design includes the use of native landscaping, which requires no irrigation system.
Recycling is one of the easiest and most effective ways to benefit the environment and the community. Recycling areas located throughout the building make it easy and convenient for occupants to make green practices a part of our daily lives. Like many areas across campus, specific areas in the building are also dedicated for the collection and recycling of paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics, and metals.
Recycled-content materials reuse waste products that would otherwise be sent to landfills. Using materials with high recycled content also increases demand, thereby advancing the market for recycled goods. In the new Mund College Center, more than 20% of the building materials are made up of recycled content, including the structural steel, gypsum board (drywall), and ceiling tiles.
Indoor Air Quality
Buildings with high quality indoor air can reduce allergens and are also pleasant places for people to work and learn. To optimize indoor air quality on LVC’s campus, the Mund College Center uses construction materials and interior finish products, such as paints and sealants, with zero or a very low level of potentially harmful emissions. High-quality heating and cooling systems also ensure adequate ventilation and proper filtration throughout the building. CO2 sensors are installed to activate fresh air pumps if CO2 levels are too high.
In keeping with LVC’s campus-wide efforts, the Mund College Center continues to use natural and safe products. In doing so, this reduces the exposure of hazardous chemical contaminents to building occupants and maintenance personnel.
The exterior skin of a building — walls, windows, and roof — play a critical part in its energy efficiency. The Mund College Center features a white, Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) roof, which reflects the heat of the sun’s rays and provides ozone and algae resistance, is environmentally-friendly, and is safe to install. High efficient glazing and high insulation values also assist with the energy efficiency of the Mund College Center.
Energy Consumption and Performance
Throughout the Mund College Center, energy-efficient lighting inside and out helps to reduce electricity usage. The building is equipped with occupancy sensors so that lights are on only when needed. A new refrigeration management system is being used as part of the new dining facilities to better control energy and cooling usage.
Regional Supplies and Waste Management
Lebanon Valley College is fortunate to have access to many regional building supplies, lessoning the pollution and emission byproducts of transporting materials from far distances. The Mund College Center uses materials from a cement plant literally next to campus. Responsible building efforts continue through the efforts of the project’s construction manager, High Construction, whose goal is to sort, crush, and recycle 75% of the waste materials being removed from the building site.