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University of Arizona Student Recreation Center Expansion

Tucson, Arizona
LEED NC version 2.2
University of Arizona Student Recreation Center Expansion
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Gross area: 54,000 ft2

Date completed: January 2010

Profile: The University of Arizona Student Recreation Center Expansion (SRCE) includes a fitness center, cardio mezzanine, outdoor adventures and a multi-use activity court (MAC) gymnasium. The building also creates a series of outdoor courtyards with rock-climbing zones, sand volleyball courts, and outdoor fitness areas. The SRCE is a visible symbol of the university's commitment to student health and wellness.

Energy-saving strategy: The new expansion utilizes passive solar measures, including establishing an optimal building orientation, daylight and views on the north and south, opaque walls on the east and west, deep overhangs that shade glass and ground surfaces, high-efficiency building envelopes, and cool roofs. Water harvesting, high-performance lighting and plumbing, and the use of recycled materials also contributed to the LEED-Platinum rating. Even though the project team initially set out to achieve LEED Silver certification, once construction was underway they realized Platinum was within reach. The team was able to achieve the higher level without incurring additional construction cost or impacting the construction schedule.


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