Commercial Interiors
ELIZABETH HOGGATT WHATLEY AGRICULTURE COMPLEX
Categories: LEED Platinum
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Aug 2012
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This complex is the first LEED® Platinum, Net Zero Agricultural Facility in the country.  The building is designed to be used as a teaching laboratory for sustainability, both for students and the regional farming community.  It is sited on a working farm, which is operated by students.

A 350 panel, 81 kW solar array and wind turbine produce 100 percent of the required energy for the building.  An interactive energy dashboard in the lobby displays real-time data of energy production versus usage.  Rainwater is collected to irrigate demonstration gardens.  A large, open-sided pavilion is used for teaching conferences and community events.  The pervious parking lot material is waste material from a nearby power plant.

Water for building occupant use is sourced from a well on-site, used in low-flow plumbing fixtures, then processed by an aerobic septic system returning the water for use in the gardens on-site. Combined with the pervious paving, bioswale and detention pond, the project has a net zero water impact. Master planned facilities include a maintenance shop, student housing and a greenhouse.

Architect: VLK Architects
Location: Mount Pleasant, Texas
Client: Northeast Texas Community College
MEP: Reed, Wells, Benson & Company
Structural: CHA
Civil: CHA
Landscape: CHA and NTCC
Commissioning: Sebesta Blomberg
Contractor: We Build
Project Area/Size: 8,600 s.f. classroom building, 12,800 s.f. pavilion
Materials Used: Steel frame, concrete foundation, burnished and standard face cmu veneer, single ply roof, metal panel roof, corrugated metal panel veneer, high performance tint insulated glass and polished concrete floors
LEED Category: LEED for New Construction 2.2
Photography: Chad M. Davis, AIA