The Rainier Science and Technology Building at Pierce College is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching facility that combined highly technical laboratory equipment with sophisticated energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems. The facility was designed to achieve LEED Silver with very energy efficient heating and cooling systems and sophisticated building automated controls. Energy efficiency strategies included photovoltaic panels, automatic solar sensing window shades, automatic ventilation systems, and high-efficiency mechanical systems. Aldrich was a key contributor exceeding the owner’s LEED Silver objective by achieving LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council at no additional cost to the owner. Our efforts included budgeting and constructability analysis of photovoltaic panels, coordination of daylighting and high-efficiency mechanical systems, and exceeding goals for construction waste diversion and use of recycled building materials.
The combination of sophisticated laboratory and IT requirements with complicated high-energy efficiency lighting and HVAC systems was particularly challenging. Our project goal was to achieve LEED™ Silver. Aldrich worked with our design team and sustainability consultant to achieve LEED™ Gold at no additional cost to the college.