Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal — Green Buildings — October 26 - November 8, 2012 — 19A NJPA G reen B uildings Featuring Sustainable Design & Construction For 88,000 s/f school for autistic and multiply disabled students in Sayreville, NJ US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter honors USAArchitects



ayreville, NJ — USA Architects was honored during USGBC NJ’s 10th Anniversary Gala & Awards Dinner at the new Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City for their par- ticipation in the design and construction of the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL), an 88,000 s/f school for autistic and multiply disabled stu- dents in Sayreville. Not only is it the first public school in the state to gain LEED Platinum certification (the highest of four certification levels), it is the first special needs school in the country to do so. The firm designed the build- ing collaboratively with the Middlesex County Regional Educational Services Com- mission. “They are strong advocates of sustainability,” principal Peter Campisano said of the Commission who operates CLL and six other facilities. “Designing to the highest environmental standards was vitally important to the health and well being of its severely autistic and multiply dis- abled and preschool disabled ROBBINSVILLE, NJ — Mercury Solar announced completion and interconnec- tion of Bind-Rite Robbins- ville’s 1.2 Megawatt (MW) solar energy system. Bind- Rite contracted Mercury to complete this 1.2MW project at their paperback book man- ufacturing facility in Rob- binsville after successfully installing an 830 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system at another one of their facilities in New Jersey in late 2011. The 1.2MW solar energy system consists of approxi- mately 4,500 solar panels and is expected to generate over 1,480,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. This annual production is equivalent to recycling 4,470,050 alumi- num soda cans and planting

Center for Lifelong Learning

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“green” curriculum to educate students and the community on the value of a self-sustain- ing facility. The Gala & Awards Dinner is considered the “event of the year” for green building and sustainability professionals in the tri-state area. Keynote speaker was visionary envi- ronmental business leader and advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and two-time Olympic gold medalist Cari Lloyd was a special guest. n

student population. Many environmental factors impact the learning experiences for this highly sensory-sensitive student body. Anything less than LEED Platinum was not an option,” further stated Campisano. The facility was designed and constructed using all natural building materials and green power. Its ongoing energy conservation systems serve as effective teaching tools as part of the school’s

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Mercury Solar Systems completes 1.2mw project for Bind-Rite Robbinsville, LLC to help offset utility costs

Utility team and provide the customer with an affordable solution that made their investment pencil out.” said Mercury’s president, Jared Haines . “Mercury’s long- standing customer service mentality helps drive our company; we put the custom- er’s needs first. Overcoming

over 39,000 trees. The same amount of kilowatt-hours produced annually will off- set 1,686,811 pounds of CO2 emissions and is enough en- ergy to power approximately 212 homes. Mercury’s engineering team successfully collabo- rated with the Utility Com-

pany’s engineering team to overcome potential issues arising from the addition of this 1.2MW solar farm onto their electric grid. “I was very proud of our team; it is great that we were able to move such a challenging project forward. Ultimately, we were able to meet the needs of the

the challenges presented in this project has brought the Mercury team closer to the management at Bind-Rite and strengthened an already strong relationship with the Utility. These relationships will help us with many of our future customers.” said Haines. n

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