JCHW Earns LEED Gold

The Johnson Center for Health and Wellness has achieved LEED certification at the Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Consistent with its mission to support health and wellness, The Johnson Center was designed with an emphasis on environmental sustainability.  The building and its landscape were carefully planned, gently siting the 115,000 square foot complex into the existing wooded hillside of natural rock out-cropppings and hillside trails, including a network of native plantings and a system of storm water drainage "cells" to manage and mitigate water run-off.  Windows throughout the building provide beautiful views across the improved landscape, which also provides habitat for forest life.

Peter McAndrew, Hackley Director of Finance who oversees campus building projects, notes that environmental sustainability was a key consideration in every part of the building plan. “From the use of sky lights for natural light to environmentally sensitive building products to very energy efficient water boilers and cooler for heating and cooling to the Electrochromic exterior glass that manages glare and heat gain to use of locally sourced and reclaimed materials, the building was designed to meet high standards of sustainability. This certification from USGBC is highly gratifying, given all the hard work, planning and partnership with ARC and the project team that went into this effort.”

The complex includes two large gymnasiums that will employ displacement ventilation systems as part of the highly energy efficient HVAC system, providing air at the floor level where the occupants are instead of using extra energy and ductwork to push air down from the 25-foot high ceiling structure.

The project uses sustainable design components throughout, including reclaimed, recycled wood paneling salvaged from a church in Alabama, as well as a high proportion of regionally sourced materials, low emitting flooring and composite wood, high recycled content and low VOC materials. Light fixtures are all LED, and efficient plumbing fixtures reduce water use.  The design effort included extensive energy modeling techniques and the project has a EUI value of 44, which amounts to an energy savings of almost 60% compared to similar base models.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several categories, including energy use and air quality. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.