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The Student Recreation Center was awarded "Best Overall Sustainable Design" as part of the 2007 Best Practice Awards for the University of California/California State University Energy Efficiency Partnership Program. The award was presented at the 6th Annual Sustainability Conference for California campuses June 24-27, 2007, at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Student Recreation Center Sustainable Features

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On Wednesday, April 22, 2009, the Student Recreation Center at Cal State Fullerton hosted "Positively Green," an event celebrating its recent LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

In the design of the Student Recreation Center, considerable efforts are being made to be environmentally sensitive. Green efforts benefit Cal State Fullerton, facility users, and the environment. Such efforts include:


A major focus in the facility, the building saves more than 415,000 gallons of water per year. This water-use calculation is 40% better than the baseline set by the Energy Policy Act of 1992. This has been accomplished by specifying low flow water fixtures for lavatories (0.5 gpm), dual flush water closets (1.6/1.1 gpf), low flow showerheads (1.6 gpm) and low flow urinals (0.5 gpm). The project also uses the latest low flow landscape watering technology to surpass a 50% reduction of potable water use for the LEED® Water Efficient Landscaping credit 1.1. The surface flow irrigation system reduces runoff and provides for a highly efficient low pressure system which saves potable water versus the traditional spray type system.


Efforts incorporated into the Student Recreation Center planning exceed Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations for Energy Efficiency Standards by 30%. This is due in part to the mechanical system which is a Variable Volume Air Handling Units that are supplied chilled water from the new TSU/SRC high performance central heating and cooling plant with variable speed/variable flow chillers. LEED Gold Logo DoorThe satellite central plant that supplies the Student Recreation Center with chilled water and heating hot water won a CSU/UC best practices award in 2006 for best HVAC design. The chiller refrigerant is environmentally friendly R-134a which has a zero ozone depletion factor (ODF). The cooling tower features a state-of-the-art integrated pH Conductivity Controller that allows for the condenser water treatment by adding chemicals that control the pH in the system thus reducing the scaling of the cooling tower coils. This helps to maintain the cooling tower's efficiency.


Several design decisions ensure a sustainable site. The hardscape treatments have a solar reflectance index greater than 29 which helps reduce the heat island effect. Bike racks are installed within 200 yards of the SRC, to encourage biking as an alternative to fossil fuel transportation at the campus.


Additional sustainability features include a Construction Waste Management Plan to divert the project's construction waste from landfills and recycle for consumer use. Green Housekeeping is practiced in the maintenance of the building encouraging the reduction of maintenance chemicals.

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