Kappen Aquatic Center
Construction of a new aquatic center
LEED-NC Platinum Certified
Owner: Overbrook School for the Blind
Architect: Daley + Jalboot Architects
Nation's First LEED Platinum Certified Natatorium
43 % more energy efficient than conventional construction
When W.S. Cumby was engaged at the culmination of Design Development to provide preconstruction services for the Overbrook School for the Blind’s new aquatic center; the School hadn’t considered green building as an option for the new facility. Once exposed to the concepts of sustainable construction, Overbrook wholeheartedly supported the process and lead the project team to the first LEED for New Construction Platinum certification in Pennsylvania and the first aquatic center in the nation.
The new ecologically responsible natatorium houses a competition pool as well as a recreational and therapy pool which includes special water features used for physical rehabilitation.
In addition to cost and schedule management and logistical planning during preconstruction, W.S. Cumby provided Life Cycle Cost Analysis for a variety of building envelope and HVAC strategies to help Overbrook determine the most fiscally responsible solutions to reduce the long term cost of operating the facility.
As a result of the team’s focus on energy efficiency, the Overbrook School will realize a 43% operational savings in energy costs over a similar conventionally constructed building.
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