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March 2012
In this issue of Full Circle, we focus on the design of sustainable higher education facilities and how green schools produce high-performing students. 
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SUSTAINABLE HIGHER EDUCATION FACILITIES: Green schools produce high-performing students while reducing operating costs  LEED Certified Logo


Sustainable education facilities create more effective learning environments, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Green schools also save on average $100,000 per year on operating costs and use 33 percent less energy and 32 percent less water than conventionally constructed schools. No wonder then that education is one of the fastest growing markets for green buildings and LEED certification.


College and universities are at the forefront of this movement, boasting a higher percentage of LEED-certified green space than any other sectors including government, retail and hospitality. Many already mandate minimum levels of LEED certification for all new campus facilities while others are taking it a step further and retrofitting old facilities to bring them into conformance with LEED standards.


Higher Ed ChartYet greening a campus takes more than simply enhancing the performance of individual buildings, according to the USGBC's Center for Green Schools. "Institutions need to consider methods for integrating sustainable practices into the complete life cycle of a campus starting from the master planning to the daily operations and maintenance." For institutions of higher education, the LEED certification program can serve as a blueprint for campus greening efforts from setting design standards and improving master development planning and specifications to institutionalizing sustainability efforts. 


Roadmap to a Green Campus

The USGBC defines "green campus" as a higher education community that is improving energy efficiency, conserving resources and enhancing environmental quality by educating for sustainability and creating healthy living and learning environments. It has created Roadmap to a Green Campus, a free 118-page PDF resource to "assist colleges and universities of various sizes, budgets, and locations in defining and meeting their sustainability goals."


Higher education "LEEDs" the green dialogue

 In 1990, three years before the USGBC was formed, the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) convened a conference of 22 U.S. and international universities in Talloires, France to discuss the role of the world's universities in a sustainable future. The result was The Talloires Declaration, a 10-point plan and the first official commitment made by university presidents, chancellors, and rectors to environmental sustainability in higher education. To date, it has been signed by more than 429 university presidents and chancellors in more than 52 countries. (Read More...) 

GREEN CASE STUDY: University Center - LEED Gold   


Valencia University with Awards


C.T. Hsu + Associates (CTH+A) has six LEED Accredited Professionals on staff and our sustainable design projects locally include University Center, the Amway Center, GEICO Parking Garage, and Orange County Fire Station No. 35.


CTH+A's University Center project, a higher education sector project, includes working with UCF and Valencia College on the 101,000 GSF joint use UCF-Valencia University Center facility located on Valencia College's West Campus. Completed in 2009, the project includes general classroom spaces, nursing labs and classrooms, testing labs, and computer labs.


"The building design emphasizes energy efficiency and sustainability throughout, making it a 'living laboratory' for students in all disciplines," said David Harrison, Ph.D., former UCF Vice Provost. The facility is divided into a series of three-story classroom modules linked by a linear spine that minimizes solar heat gain on the east and west elevations while creating opportunities to utilize daylighting along the north and south sides of the classroom modules. The roof system was selected for its durability and designed to support photovoltaic arrays. A reflective cap sheet reflects UV rays. (Read more... )


Shane's HeadshotShane Clark, Designer
Shane Clark is a talented Designer with C.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A. (CTH+A) who has been with the firm for nearly five years. Shane was raised in Orlando, has one sibling, two children, and attended Edgewater High School, a school which he recently worked on the design of the new campus with the CTH+A Team.


His desire to pursue a career with creative opportunities led Shane to study Architecture at the University of Florida where he received his Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree in 1996. After graduation, he returned to Orlando to work for a couple of well known architecture firms designing schools and cultural facilities throughout Florida including work as far south as Key West. (Read more...)



Valencia LobbyFlorida Educational Facilities Planners' Association Inc. (FEFPA) presented C.T. Hsu + Associates (CTH+A) with the Award of Merit for Design in the College Category for the Valencia College / UCF University Center project at the FEFPA Winter Conference Architectural Showcase. The FEFPA Conference was held on February 1-3 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. This is the third award presented to the firm for this project. The other two awards were presented to CTH+A from AIA Orlando in 2011. These awards include an Award of Honor and an Award of Merit for Sustainable Design.


Cypress Creek AerialOrange County Public Schools (OCPS) has selected CTH+A to provide architectural and engineering services for the Cypress Creek High School Comprehensive Needs Project to provide improved facilities and to modernize the campus located at 1101 Bear Crossing Drive in Orlando.  Major elements of the project include renovation and expansion/remodeling of approximately 402,203 gross square feet (GSF) at the existing Cypress Creek High School campus that was constructed in 1992. Several buildings will be renovated/remodeled, (Read more...)


Orange County Governmenthas selected CTH+A to provide architectural and engineering design services for the Holden Heights Community Center project located in Orlando's Holden Heights Neighborhood. (Read more...) 


Dragon InsertFirm Celebrated Another Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon - Each year CTH+A celebrates the Chinese New Year by creating a brief informational piece to explain the year's Chinese Zodiac and its characteristics. This year's Chinese New Year fell on January 23rd. The Year of the Dragon is the most vital and powerful of any in the Chinese Zodiac.  (Read more...) 



Kelly HeadshotC.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A. (CTH+A) announced today that Kelly White, AIA, LEED AP has joined the firm in the role of Project Manager/Architect.


White has 14 years experience in the architectural industry working for private sector firms, as well as lecturing as a professor of architectural design at Valencia College where she started her college education. White's professional architectural portfolio includes healthcare, criminal justice, arts and entertainment, and government administration facility projects throughout the State of Florida.   Kelly expresses, "I have a passion for the design of public architecture and its meaningful contribution to the community. I look forward to contributing to C.T. Hsu + Associates' mission of excellence for innovative design and personalized service."   (Read more...)


CT HeadshotCTH+A's President C.T. Hsu, FAIA, LEED AP, co-presented a workshop session at the Florida Educational Facilities Planners' Association, Inc. (FEFPA) Winter Conference with VHB's Principal John Jennings, ASLA, titled "Why Develop a GREEN, Green Campus." The presentation addressed why green campuses matter and focused on the Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges, presented in partnership with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), which listed the sustainability initiatives of nine Florida universities including: Stetson University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, University of West Florida, University of Miami, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. (Read more...)



DPHS aerial Dr. Phillips High School Comprehensive Needs -  CTH+A recently completed design services for the renovations and expansions to the 350,000 square feet campus in the Dr. Phillips area of Orange County. New buildings include a 2-story 28,000 square feet general classroom building and a 26,000 square feet visual and performing arts addition to the existing theater building. The addition adds a black box theater and labs for dance, graphic arts, digital recording studios, and music. The renovated campus will have a new community image with renovations to the administration and gym buildings, as well as enhancements to the onsite vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns that will provide a safer campus experience.


Jenkins AuditoriumThe Jenkins Auditorium project will move into the bidding phase in the near future. CTH+A was selected by the City of Clermont to provide architectural services for the design of the new Jenkins Auditorium to be located across the street from the previously designed City Hall, also designed by CTH+A. The future 11,350 square foot facility will include an events hall, catering kitchen, indoor and outdoor pre-function areas, and Chamber of Commerce offices. (Read more...)


Orange County Fire Station No. 84 - CTH+A provided architectural design services for Orange County for this 2-bay fire station project. (Read more...)  


Little River ES Concept 1

Little River Elementary School Prototype Reuse project for Orange County Public Schools recently moved into the bidding phase. This project is located in east Orange County near SR 417 and South Chickasaw Trail. The completed project will include the:

  • Demolition of the existing modular classrooms, core buildings and other miscellaneous storage, and mechanical buildings amounting to an estimated 125,000 GSF (Read more...)


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