LEED Silver Certification for Thiel College’s New Communication Center

Thiel College James Pedas Communication Center

Thiel College’s new James Pedas Communication Center has been awarded LEED Silver Certification.

The multimedia center features a media lab, a TV studio, a radio station, technology classrooms, and a lecture hall, as well as space for the Office of Admission. This is Thiel College’s first LEED Certified building.

KE services: MEPT, Fire Protection, Lighting Design
LEED version: LEED for Schools v2009
Building: 20,000 SF
Project cost: $6.8M
Energy savings: Projected 22.3% energy consumption savings
Water savings: Projected 32%
Why it works: The engineering design included LED lighting, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and efficient HVAC systems (including space heating, pumps, and VFD fans).

Read Thiel College’s press release. 

About LEED

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council that promotes sustainable building design. Through the LEED program, buildings are evaluated on measures such as energy-efficient building systems, water efficiency, sustainable site strategies, and sustainable building materials. A building can be awarded one of four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum (the highest).

Karpinski Engineering’s contributions to a building’s LEED certification typically impact its energy and water use – through efficient electrical, lighting, HVAC, and plumbing design.

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