The Mesa College Student Services Center project is a new 85,400 s.f. student services center serving Mesa College. By using early whole-building energy modeling, the project was optimized for energy efficiency. A displacement ventilation system was employed in the atrium and adjacent areas, which simultaneously increases comfort for the variety of users while also decreasing energy use substantially. The project enjoys a wonderful daylight design with architectural shading features that allow the atrium and perimeter spaces to be fully daylit and free from distracting glare.
A holistic approach to design, with early involvement from all project stakeholders, allowed the project to take advantage of the many synergies of sustainable design. With optimized insulation and well-designed daylight with lighting controls, the HVAC systems were able to be downsized substantially, leading to first cost and life-cycle savings that the Community College District will enjoy for the life of the building.
The project achieved LEED Gold Certification with energy use designed to be 40% better than the Title 24 baseline.