San Francisco Bay Area Ohlone College Leads the Way in Green Building
This is one of the case studies to be included in my forthcoming book, The World’s Greenest Buildings, Ohlone College in Newark, California. When a new college president, Douglas Treadway, took over early in the building program, he insisted that the building prioritize sustainability principles throughout the design, construction, and operation phases. This would offer several advantages to the college; it would signal their commitment to sustainability, boast a new environmental studies program, and reduce energy costs. “A college’s purpose isn’t just to distribute content. Its purpose is to develop knowledge workers,” said Treadway. “Once you look at it that way, then you shift the paradigm. You start asking, what kinds of environments are conducive to learning and discussion? Then you start thinking about the built environment.” Designed by architects Perkins+Will, the Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology is a state-of-the-art research and teaching facility that houses laboratories, classrooms, offices, a library, and an exercise center. The Center serves 3,500 students in academic areas of health sciences and technology. Built on a former brownfield site adjacent to San Francisco Bay, the 130,000-square-foot, two-story building was completed in January 2008 and was awarded a LEED for New Construction Platinum certification.