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  The Roe Center at Central CollegeThe Roe Center at Central College


RDG Planning & Design
301 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

General Description

Location: Pella, Iowa
Date Bid: Feb 2008
Construction Period: Apr 2008 to June 2009
Total Square Feet: 57,748 Site: 2.1 acres.
Number of Buildings: One, 13 classrooms with a seating capacity of 604.
Building Size: Basement, 6,203; first floor, 19,987; second floor, 17,887, third floor, 13,671; total, 57,748 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, -15’; first floor, +0’; second floor, 14’; each additional floor, 28’; floor to floor, 14’; total, 53’4”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane, vegetative roof, pavers.
Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 114.8.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Charles Saul Engineering, Inc. - 4308 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
General Contractor: The Weitz Company - 5901 Thornton Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50321
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: MEP Associates, LLC - 2900 43rd Street, #100, Rochester, MN 55901

The project challenge was to create a dynamic learning environment for three college departments sharing the same space for the first time. The main project goal is to be a collaboration catalyst for Education, Psychology and the Community Based Learning students, faculty and community partners.

This multi-purpose classroom and instruction building is crafted to be highly sustainable, technology rich, and campus friendly - designed to serve others (Campus, Community, Environment, Students, and Faculty) from its very inception. Designed as a flexible learning environment, this highly transparent and naturally lit building facilitates new pedagogical techniques for effective instruction and accomplishment of beneficial life-long learning objectives. The first building to break the traditional western boundary of campus, this exciting structure sets a high bar by achieving a LEED Platinum Certification from the USGBC, reinforcing Central College's specific sustainable strategies.

Specific sustainable strategies incorporated into this project include a rain water harvest system, instrumental in reducing the facility's water use by 82%; a semi-intensive vegetative roof and use of drought resistant native plantings, rain gardens, and pervious pavers are incorporated into the landscape, as well as the site design. The facility's photovoltaic panels, use of natural ventilation, and radiant floors which serve to heat and cool the structure, all help contribute to the 32% reduction in overall energy cost. A smart building energy management system, combined with a green building education system, collects and shares data on building performance which can be viewed here: http://psych.centralcollege.greentouchscreen.com/

The Roe Center is designed to have very little impact on our environment, while architecturally encouraging students and faculty to have a greater impact on our larger community. Over 40% of the materials used for construction were from regional sources with over 30% of the materials used being comprised of recycled content. A construction waste management plan was incorporated, diverting 80% of the construction and demolition debris from the landfill.

Product Information
Metal Panels: Metal Design Systems, Inc.
Vegetative Roof: Sarnafil-Roofscapes, Inc.
Windows, Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO
Elevators: Schindler Lighting: Peerless


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