July 23, 2015 – Yuba College Sutter County Center officially received a Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is a national certification system that rates projects with environmentally friendly design and construction strategies. The Center is the first phase of a multi-building campus, and as such, it is designed to feel like a campus from its inauguration. The Center houses a microcosm of a college inside and fronts a space that will serve as the central quadrangle in the future. Designed to encourage students to remain on campus between classes, the pathways and landscape allude to the meandering Yuba River that lazily traces its path through the rural valley. Also echoing “place”, the building’s geometry and colors were chosen to relate to the area’s agricultural heritage in the surrounding orchards of deciduous almond trees.
A key goal was to create a sustainable building that will last and provide a healthy environment for students and staff. Sustainable features include: Bike changing rooms and parking adjacent to new dedicated bike lanes, light colored roof and paving to reduce heat island effect, drought tolerant planting, vehicle charging, site photovoltaics, storm water treatment and retention, interior air quality, low VOC materials, high efficiency HVAC systems utilizing green refrigerants, and 70% daylight. Read more/Portfolio
Sustainability: LEED Gold Certified