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  LEED™ Certified - Creekside Village Community Center, Page 31Creekside Village Community Center
4080 Ridge Lea Road, Buffalo, NY 14228
455 Commerce Drive, Amherst, NY 14228

Amherst, New York
Total Square Feet: 3,462
Construction Period: Mar 2002 to Aug 2002 

Construction Team
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Lauer-Manguso & Associates Architects - 4080 Ridge Lea Road, Buffalo, NY 14228
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: RobsonWoese, Inc. - 501 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Frank T. Brzezinski, RLA - 69 Foxboro Lane, East Amherst, NY 14051
COST ESTIMATOR: ADF Construction Corp. - 455 Commerce Drive, Amherst, NY 14228

The University at Buffalo with the desire to provide quality upper-class student housing required a new community center for the residents. The University also required some important design criteria they wanted to incorporate into the project. The site is environmentally significant and to demonstrate their concern, the University wanted the building to promote the concepts of "Green Building Design". In addition, the character of the structure should reflect the "arts/craft" style, which is prevalent to Western New York's architectural heritage.

This building is the "Commons Building", which serves as the social and administrative hub of the neighborhood (232 bed townhouse complex). The interior consists of office spaces, central mail pick-up, maintenance room and large meeting/social room. Site amenities include a pedestrian bridge over an existing creek, outdoor deck space, natural wildflower lawn, bike racks and special parking spaces for car pooling and electric car charging station.

The building uses forms and colors that "remind" us of the arts/craft style, while constructed to save approximately 20% more energy than a conventionally built structure.

To validate the green building concept, the building has been "LEED Certified". The LEED(TM) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system is a voluntary, consensus based national standard for developing high-performance sustainable buildings.

Currently this building is one of only two "LEED Certified" structures in New York State. To achieve this required a great effort by all team members (Owner, Architect, consultants and contractors) to understand the strict requirements for construction and documentation of same. The building uses numerous environmentally friendly materials, including building items with recycled content such as flooring, decking, countertops, cabinets, etc. and also low-voc coatings for all walls and floors.

Partially bermed walls provide passive insulation while solar powered deck lighting illuminate outdoor spaces and contribute to lower energy consumption. Special lighting controls not only turn the lights off when a room is unoccupied, they also reduce artificial lighting levels in proportion to the available natural light to further reduce the energy needs. A decorative indoor pond helps to humidify the building's interior while reducing comfort-heating requirements. Heat recovery from the ventilation system, high efficiency HVAC equipment, and DDC controls ensure the building uses the smallest amount of energy while keeping everyone comfortable.

DIV 03:
Foundation Insulation: Owens Corning Foamular 250.
DIV 07: Asphalt Shingles: Tamko; Cementitious Siding: James Hardie; Housewrap Moisture Barrier: Owens Corning; Skylight: Wasco E-Class Skywindow.
DIV 08: Entrances: Vistawall, Global Door Closers; Vinyl Windows: Marquee 800 Series by Philips Products; Hollow Metal Doors & Frames: Benchmark; Wood Doors: Craftmaster Avalon®; Hardware: Best, Ives, Sargent Exit Devices.
DIV 09: Gypsum: Georgia Pacific Tough Rock(R); Carpet: Bentley; VCT: Armstrong; Rubber Base: Roppe; Hardwood: Hartco; Floor Finish: L.M. Scofield "A-50".
DIV 10: Postal Specialties: Salsbury Industries.
DIV 15: Fan & Ventilator: Greenheck; Louvers: Ruskin.

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