10/01/2011

LEED Luxury in the Great Outdoors

The Sandy Bridges Program Center functions as a state-of-the-art base of operations for the Boy Scouts of America

 
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    Sandy Bridges features a lakeside patio, wraparound deck, outside lighting designed to provide safety and security without obscuring the night sky, and a green roof featuring six species of grasses and shrubs that will tolerate Minnesota winters. View larger
    PHOTO COURTESY OF boy scouts of America

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    Sandy Bridges features a lakeside patio, wraparound deck, outside lighting designed to provide safety and security without obscuring the night sky, and a green roof featuring six species of grasses and shrubs that will tolerate Minnesota winters. View larger
    PHOTO COURTESY OF boy scouts of America

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    Sandy Bridges features a lakeside patio, wraparound deck, outside lighting designed to provide safety and security without obscuring the night sky, and a green roof featuring six species of grasses and shrubs that will tolerate Minnesota winters. View larger
    PHOTO COURTESY OF boy scouts of America

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PROJECT TEAM | SUPPLIERS

The new Sandy Bridges Program Center is located at the Boy Scouts of America’s Ely, MN, canoe base on the edge of the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and adjacent to the Superior National Forest.

The first floor of the 13,032-square-foot facility features a kitchen and great room able to serve 250 Scouts. The second floor features a trading post, snack bar, and three multipurpose conference rooms. An elevator and grand stairway connect each level, providing ADA accessibility.

Because it gets extremely cold in northern Minnesota and electrical resources are limited, a new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient mechanical heating system was installed.

 

Merit Winner:
Sandy Bridges

Category: New Construction

 

Grand Prize Winners
Rockingham Memorial Hospital
University of Colorado Boulder
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McWhorter Hall
Sandy Bridges
Adler School
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The system features high-efficiency gas furnaces for backup heat when the electric heat source is interrupted, radiant slab heat, and conventional DX cooling coils. Full return on the initial investment in this system vs. a traditional system will be less than five years.

The new dining hall and base center are designed to minimize impact on the wilderness. Every effort was made to reduce pollution from construction activities by controlling soil erosion and minimizing waterway sedimentation and airborne dust generation. The site is being restored and protected with native and adapted vegetation.

“From the beginning of the planning process, this facility was intended to embrace the existing site and to be both energy efficient and environmentally friendly. The site selected required minimal disruption of the land and the building height was designed to minimize the visual profile,” says Luther Tankersley, head of BSA’s Design and Development Team. “Construction included permanent soil erosion prevention and waterway sedimentation reduction measures to protect the pristine environment of the great north woods.”

The base center was designed and built to comply with green-level LEED certification standards. Light pollution and preserving the star-filled night sky was balanced against the knowledge that the majority of Scouts come from urban areas where they seldom see total darkness. Outside lighting was designed to provide safety and security without obscuring the night sky.

 

PROJECT TEAM (partial list)
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Owner (Award Submitter):
Boy Scouts of America

Architect:
DSGW

Structural Engineer:
Northland Consulting

Civil Engineer:
RLK Inc

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer:
Cain Ouse Associates

General contractor:
Kraus Anderson Construction Co.

 

SUPPLIERS
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LIGHTING:
LUMAX INDUSTRIES

PLUMBING:
ELKAY

HVAC SYSTEMS:
TRANE

 

 


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