High Performance Buildings
In the past decade, Whitman has aimed to follow the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council in constructing new buildings. All of these buildings have been built keeping in mind the minimum standards to reach a LEED Silver standard. While there are many examples of buildings that meet efficiency standards, no buildings on campus are LEED-certified. The campus is slated to begin construction on two new buildings as part of our Living at Whitman initiative. These buildings are being constructed to a LEED Gold standard. Upon completion, the new residence hall and dining facility will both be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition to the construction and certification of these buildings, the college has committed to constructing 116kW of photovoltaic on these new buildings.
Hall of Science:
The expansion of the Hall of Science in 2002 brought with it many remarkable design features, such as the beautiful center staircase in the atrium, with woodwork made of the local trees that had to be felled for the expansion. The original building, constructed in 1963 and expanded in 1981, received a $13 million redesign that included state of the art facilities and an award-winning heating and cooling system. During the design process, a professor suggested using a heat pump system that capitalized on the geothermal heat from a deep well under the building. The 1,200 foot deep well brought up 75 degree Fahrenheit water used to regulate the building's temperature. The warm water also moved to heat Memorial Building and then passed through a fountain. The water fed the campus irrigation system before returning to the local creek. Reused water that irrigated the beautiful lawns on campus. The award-winning system saved the College $6,000 a year on heating and irrigation costs. However, due to unforeseen challenges, this geothermal source has been brought offline.
Baker Ferguson Fitness Center:
The $10 million construction of the fitness center and swimming pool in 2004 included a heat recovery system that recaptures and recycles the warm water vapor that rises off the swimming pool. After running through an evaporator, the water and latent heat are extracted and used to heat the pool.
Reid Campus Center:
This 50,000 sq. foot red brick building constructed in 2002 provides a central hub to campus as well as a model of sustainable design. The large south-facing windows allow sunlight to enter in the winter, naturally warming the building. Programmed vents open and close to outside air to capitalize on natural convection techniques to cool it.