It’s About Environmental Consciousness & Sustainability
Bogner Construction Company has been an ardent proponent of environmental consciousness and sustainability in both project design and construction long before it became “fashionable”. In this section of our website, we have five specific examples of how Bogner leads by example when it comes to optimizing our environmental responsibility.
1. Recycled Construction Waste
It began with our firm recycling construction and demolition waste … something we have been doing for a quarter of a century. We created our first construction waste program 25 years ago and over the intervening years we have refined our specifications into the 6 page document we have today.
The College of Wooster – SCOT Center
A Bogner LEED GOLD Project with a 20,000 sq ft solar roof – see it here
2. Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED)
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and constructed using strategies aimed at improving green performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of our natural resources and sensitivity to the impacts of their use.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential.
It affects the entire building life-cycle:
- Design and construction
- Operations and Maintenance
- Tenant fit out
- Significant retrofit
What LEED Measures:
LEED is a voluntary certification program that can be applied to any building type and any building lifecycle phase. It promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in these key areas:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Materials & Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Locations & Linkages
What LEED Delivers:
Third-party certification through the independent Green Building Certification Institute assures that LEED buildings are constructed as intended. GBCI includes a network of ISO-compliant international certifying bodies, ensuring the consistency, capacity and integrity of the LEED certification process.
An organization’s participation in the voluntary and technically rigorous LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation and environmental stewardship.
At the Scot Center project we will be installing special drinking fountains which feature filtered water bottle fill stations so students can fill their own “permanent” water bottles as the college seeks to do its part to reduce the environmental impact of throw away plastic water bottles.
3. Energy Conservation Measures (ECM)
Working with the nationally recognized firm Dynamix Engineering, LTD. and The College of Wooster, Bogner has developed new standards for instituting ECM’s on the Scot Center Project.
From the use of heat wheels to variable frequency drive pump motors, our project ECM team has evaluated all aspects of the Scot Center utility usage characteristics in order to be the best possible stewards of our environment.
The ECM’s are also garnering valuable LEED points, which has helped move the Scot Center Project from Silver Level to Gold Level.
4. Commissioning / Total System Flush Out
Working with the college’s Scot Center commissioning agent, Bogner Construction Company will be initiating our first ever Total Building Flush Out, which not only garners a LEED point, but just plain makes good environmental sense.
5. Roof Mounted Solar Array
Scot Center’s Solar Roof Array Will Be Largest on Any College Building in the United States!
Carbon Vision LLC’s Newsletter:
WOOSTER, Sept. 20, 2010 – The College of Wooster today signed a contract with Carbon Vision LLC of Shaker Heights, Ohio, to install a 20,000 square foot solar roof atop the Scot Center, the new student recreation and athletic facility now under construction on Wooster’s campus. The solar rooftop installation will be the largest on any college facility in the country. It will generate 271,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, enough to power one of Wooster’s student residence halls.
Carbon Vision will install and own the solar installation, and lease it to the college, which will purchase all the power generated for a period of 12.5 years. The company will apply for federal and state grants and federal tax credits to defray the costs of the solar installation, and sell the renewable energy credits associated with it during the term of the lease. At the end of that term, the college will receive title to the solar installation, which has a life of up to 40 years.
The Scot Center will open in January 2012. The 123,000 square foot facility will house four intramural courts for basketball, tennis and volleyball; an NCAA regulation 200 meter running track; a fitness center with a full array of circuit training stations, traditional as well as elliptical running machines, rowing machines, and free weights; and new locker rooms, athletic department offices, and meeting rooms.
“For the last three years we have been getting progressively better organized, more ambitious, and more serious about modeling sustainability practices that the larger society might adopt,” said Grant Cornwell, Wooster’s president. “Today we take a dramatic and exciting step forward on that road.”
“Carbon Vision is excited to be a part of this landmark move into solar energy by The College of Wooster. This project is emblematic of how new campus facilities should be built in the 21st Century,” commented Michael Shaut, CEO of Carbon Vision.
The College of Wooster is an independent liberal arts college, nationally recognized for an innovative curriculum that emphasizes mentored, independent research. Each Wooster senior works one-on-one with a faculty adviser to create an original research project, written work, performance or art exhibit. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.
Carbon Vision is a renewable energy company with the mission to empower its customers to achieve profitable, green solutions for their operations.