G reen B uildings
Real Estate Journal — Green Buildings — November 24 - December 7, 2017 — 13B
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arrisburg, PA — Murray Associ- ates Architects, P. For the restoration&expansion of the John Stewart Memorial Library and Lenfest Learning Commons Murray Associates Architects, P. C. receives Citation Award for Excellence in Design H
Historic Places." Benedict Dubbs , principal of Murray Associates Archi- tects accepted the award on behalf of the firm and Wil- son College. “The intrinsic challenge of this project was integrating a new Learning Commons that responds to the 21st century student while keeping the context of this 1923 library and surrounding his- toric academic buildings. This was an exceptionally reward- ing project and I was honored to collaborate with the College. In fact, I think the design is as much theirs as ours and we are so excited the students are engaging the spaces as they were intended. The building is the academic hub for the entire campus, and that is what we are truly proud of.” Wilson College’s president, Dr. Barbara Mistick, was by how greening efforts are part of everyday activity here,” said SCH Head of School Dr. Stephen Druggan. “Whether watching students and staff use hand-made, reusable plates at lunchtime, seeing athletes refilling water bottles at refill stations, or witnessing the Middle School recycling team collecting and recycling paper, cans and glass, I have the sense that ‘being green’ is second na- ture for our students and our community.” Among the significant green- ing initiatives SCH has un- dertaken that awarded the school the Green Flag are the following: • Energy- largest solar array in Philadelphia (232 Kw across the multiple panels on campus buildings) • Gold LEED-certified build- ing - The Rorer Center for Sci- ence and Technology is LEED- certified at the gold level and its has both a wind turbine and solar panels. • Water conservation - SCH has multiple rain gardens that include native plants and help
thrilled with the library’s rec- ognition. “We had high expecta- tions when we partnered with Murray Associates Architects on the John Stewart Memorial Library,” saidWilson president Barbara Mistick. “We didn’t want just an expanded li- brary—we wanted a building that would serve as the hub of campus activity, respect our historic architecture and meet Wilson’s academic needs well into the future. Since the opening, the library and new learning commons have been wildly successful. Students and faculty love the flexible space of the new learning commons and the way that light bathes the interior of the building.” About the Project: Murray Associates Architects complet- ed a Study for Wilson College that vetted six conceptual op- continued on page 34B reduce pollution as runoff flows into the Wissahickon. SCH has also constructed 10 stormwater recharge beds, allowing water to “perk” into ground over time and reducing runoff and flood- ing. • SCH has multiple recycling programs to enable it to recycle paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, cardboard, ink cartridges and more. • Composting- sorting and composting systems in cafete- rias make it easy to collect ma- terial, reducing the amount that goes to landfill and providing rich materials for groundskeep- ing and gardens on campus. For the Eco-Schools USA program, SCH leaned on its Green Task Force (teachers, staff and students) to do audits and create action plans around the three chosen “pathway” themes of Healthy Living, Wa- ter Conservation, and Energy. The team tailored curriculum and activities as part of the ac- tion plans and set their sights on bronze and silver award rec- ognition on the way to applying for Green Flag designation. n
C. received a Citation Award for Excellence in Design for the restoration and expansion of the John Stewart Memorial Library and Lenfest learning Commons at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. The Awards Program was a part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central Pennsylvania Chapters’ Con- ference and Expo event held at the Bond in York. The 7-person Jury from the AIA Santa Fe, New Mexico Chapter reviewed 31 projects submitted by regional Design Firms and awarded 8 Awards. According to the Jury, the Wil- son College Library Renovation was… "A breath of fresh air for a grand old building. The Lenfest Philadelphia, PA — Springside Chestnut Hill Acad- emy announced that it has been awarded the Green Flag by the National Wildlife Fed- eration ’s Eco-Schools USA pro- gram for the school’s successful approach to greening critical aspects of its campus, from wa- ter and waste management to energy consumption. The Green Flag is the highest recognition NWF bestows, and SCH is the first and only independent school in Pennsylvania to earn the distinction. The school joins the ranks of only 150 schools in the country to receive this rec- ognition. The flag will be hung in a main corridor of the school as a reminder to the community of the school’s significant green footprint. SCH’s green footprint has been purposeful and intentional over the past two decades. The school’s initiatives have ex- tended from the classroom to the roofs and from the cafeterias to the Wissahickon Watershed. In 2012, the U. S. Department of Education recognized SCH as a Green Ribbon School. Subse-
bringing the exterior of the Commons into conformity with the original campus style. This adaptation is likely appropri- ate to the Campus inclusion in the National Register of Learning Commons design transforms the old horizontal aspect ratio to vertical and adds a transverse gable which, with matching the grey granite of the original 1932 library, John Stewart Memorial Library and Lenfest learning Commons at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA.
SCH Academy earns prestigious Green Flag Sustainability Award fromNational Wildlife Federation’s Green-Schools USA
Holly Shields, National Wildlife Federation’s director of the Eco- Schools USAprogram presented the Green Flag to representatives from the Lower School for Girls and Boys.
quently, the school enrolled in the Eco-Schools USA program in order to have additional benchmarks and goals to help accelerate progress. “For decades Springside Chestnut Hill Academy has prided itself on being a sus- tainability leader among area independent schools – receiving the Green Flag award is further proof of that,” said Frank Aloise,
CFO of SCH. “Not only do the students and community feel good about our sustainabil- ity initiatives, we feel strongly that it is good business sense to implement best practices in energy conservation, water management and waste man- agement. We continue to see the benefits, particularly in reduced energy costs.” “On a daily basis, I am struck
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