Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, announces that the University of California, Berkeley, Maximino Martinez Commons, for which it provided sustainability consulting services, has achieved LEED Gold 2009 NC certification. The 147,000 square-foot facility located on a former university parking lot was completed in 2012 at a construction cost of $53 million. It contains a sophomore residence hall and apartments for upper-division students, which provide housing for 416 students in 98 double-occupancy units, five five-bedroom suites and 47 four-bedroom suites.
Thornton Tomasetti was retained by the university to manage the LEED certification process, which included providing sustainability strategy recommendations to the design team, tracking compliance with LEED during design and construction and reviewing and submitting documentation to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The project team comprised architects EHDD (executive) and Behnisch Architects (design); mechanical engineer Acco Engineered Systems; plumbing engineer IBE Consulting; and contractor Vance Brown, Inc.
Key Sustainability Points
• The building produces renewable energy on-site with a roof-mounted solar hot water heating array, which offsets 8 percent of its energy use.
• Drought-tolerant, native and climate-adaptive plants as well as high-performance plumbing fixtures reduce potable water consumption by more than 30 percent.
• Highly efficient and right-sized heating equipment, natural ventilation and the use of natural daylight to offset electric light cuts energy use by over 43 percent.
• Shallow floor plates admit abundant natural light and provide quality views while increasing productivity and well-being.
About Thornton Tomasetti (www.ThorntonTomasetti.com)
Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. We fulfill the needs of our clients at every stage in the building life cycle through seven integrated practices in Structural Engineering, Façade Engineering, Forensics, Renewal, Construction Engineering, Property Loss Consulting and Sustainability. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is an 800-person organization of engineers, architects and other professionals collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Great Ink Communications – 212.741.2977
Eric Gerard/Lindsay Church
Thornton Tomasetti – 917.661.7800
James M. Kent, JKent@ThorntonTomasetti.com
Follow these topics: