Meldrum Science Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USAWhat is the LEED Certification?
The first LEED-Platinum certified science building, Meldrum Science Center at Westminster College, is a 4-story building with floor area of about 5574 square meters (60.000 square feet). Construction works began in 2008. Project cost was $30 million. Named after benefactors Peter and Cathie Meldrums, the facility, opened to public in 2010, was built by Big-D Construction and designed by Derek Payne from VCBO Architecture. The main challenge of construction team was to bring electricity to the complex. Building materials were taken from local sources. The building consists of numerous research laboratories and more than 50 classrooms. Daylight sensors help to cut down electricity, by turning lights off when there is no one in the room. Construction waste (600 tons) was recycled. Solar panels installed on the roof of the building produce 3% of power needed for the building. The floors are made of recycled wood. The science center, located between two campus buildings, has got also a bicycle parking.
By Astghik Atabekyan, www.building.am