Connections In the Community

A team of Lafayette College’s undergraduate engineering students took second place honors in the 2012 Sustainable Design Competition sponsored by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, successfully competing against teams from graduate school programs.  The teams were challenged to propose adaptive reuse strategies for Philadelphia area recreation centers in need of modernization and repairs.  The awards were presented at the Best of Greenbuild Conference held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in May.  BIA’s President Kevin Campbell, PE, LEED AP, spoke at the conference on the positive impact that green schools make on student performance by presenting case studies of Allentown School District LEED certified schools in which BIA played an engineering design role.  To help the Lafayette students prepare for the competition, BIA’s Chief Landscape Architect, Bryan Smith, RLA, ALSA, civil engineer Chris Williams, PE, LEED AP, and  BIA’s President Kevin Campbell, PE, LEED AP,  taught a lively session on green design strategies during the spring semester..  Bryan and Chris returned before the competition to critique the project and suggest improvements to the Vare Rec Center.  Their winning design included:

  • Use of natural sunlight for lighting and heating
  • Systems for collecting and storing rainwater for use on nearby fields
  • Walkable green roof, which could host a community garden

The class was taught by Mary Wilford Hunt, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Facilities Planning and Construction at Lafayette College.