Nichols Hall, Science & Tech Center

The Harker School

A design-build project for a new two-story, 50,000 s.f. concrete and steel science and technology building with a 200-seat performing arts and recital hall, a glass rotunda with an infinite pendulum tracking the earth’s rotation, a living roof, a forum with embedded radiant floor heating for students to gather in. This project received LEED-NC Gold certification.

Unique Features

  • A direct/indirect evaporative cooling system (DIEC) cools and changes the air six times per hour using roof mounted fans and gravity tents, and uses 25 percent less energy than conventional systems.
  • Highly efficient glazing on windows reduces solar heat transfer
  • An indoor air quality plan implemented during construction which included: protection of HVAC ducts; the use of low-VOC and no-VOC emitting materials; and confirmation of material ventilation and off-gassing requirements
  • Recycled material used where possible, including the structural steel which has recycled content
  • Construction waste diversion of almost 95 percent during construction
  • Energy systems controlled and commissioned for maximum efficiency on the roof, white material has a high solar reflection index and a living roof over the performance center aids in cooling. Solar panels have been installed to help generate electricity for the building
  • Landscaped bioswales filter and reduce runoff water through percolation
  • Plumbing fixtures with an expected 44.6 percent reduction in water usage from baseline
  • A Kalwall curvilinear roof system covering the forum provides day lighting and insulation
  • A forum with embedded radiant floor heating

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