Utah State’s Wayne Estes Center Is Set to Net Big Energy Savings

September 15, 2014 By Karen Henry

USU-Training-energy-manageUtah State University recently completed construction of its 32,744-sq-foot Wayne Estes Training Center, which houses the campus’ basketball practice facility and 1,400-seat volleyball court.

The Center is seeking LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council.

Windows line the lobby, allowing plenty of daylight to enter the building and helping the facility to save on daytime lighting electricity costs.

The facility was built to meet performance standards set by Utah’s Division of Facilities Construction & Management’s State Building Energy Efficiency Program (DFCM’s SBEEP). This program works to increase energy efficiency in both new and existing state buildings, and includes design and building to LEED Silver requirements. Since 2006, SBEEP reports more than $11 million in energy cost savings. Exemplifying this, Utah’s DFCM introduced a new approach to building envelope design on all new buildings that allow the mechanical systems to be downsized, along with significant reduction in ongoing utility costs and associated emissions.

The components of the building envelope are expected to last the entire life of the building.

To support the Center’s energy-efficiency and LEED Silver certification goals, Tubelite’s curtain wall system, which encloses the room above the basketball court, was specified with a fiberglass pressure plate and PPG’s Solarban low-e glass, achieving a maximum solar heat gain coefficient of (SHGC) 0.34 and U-Factor of 0.39 BTU/hr.sqft.ºF. With the fiberglass pressure plate, the framing system also delivers a high condensation resistance factor (CRF) of 76.

Designed by VCBO Architecture, the new Training Center was built by Okland Construction on a 10-month timeline. Beginning in September 2013, glazing contractor Steel Encounters installed the Center’s signature exterior curtainwall using Tubelite’s 400 Series system. Ducworks added a stainless steel, laser-cut, bull-shaped “Aggie” logo to accent the building using Tubelite’s standard sun shade clips.

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