The new 114,000 square-foot Stephen B. Swann Athletic and Wellness Center at the Episcopal School of Dallas has received LEED gold certification.
Designed and built around the school’s Wellness for Life Campaign, the athletic facility is projected to consume 20.1 percent less in dollar terms and 17.8 percent less in energy than a baseline modeled building, saving the school about $26,510 annually.
The center, which opened last fall, not only creates a new venue for competitive and recreational sports, but also promotes and instills healthful lifestyle choices. The design teams worked closely with the ESD community to create an interactive and lively space within a sustainable environment. The dynamic facility intentionally provokes interaction and activity among students as well as faculty.
Some key sustainable features of the athletic facility:
•All light fixtures within 15 feet of exterior walls have daylight sensors.
•Light fixtures in 30 percent of occupiable rooms have occupancy sensors.
•A minimum of 51 percent of wood-based materials in the building are FSC-certified.
The center includes a competitive gymnasium, indoor running track, strength, conditioning and cardio workout rooms, sports medicine facilities, a dance studio, expanded locker rooms, a team room and coaching offices, as well as a campus bookstore, concessions and equipment storage.
ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge (Cambridge, Mass.) and The Beck Group (Dallas) worked on the project.