Community College Building Scores Leed Platinum

Hayward, Calif. — Glass and daylight are a big part of the building's look.

Hayward, Calif. — Chabot Community College in Hayward, Calif., recently achieved LEED Platinum certification for its sustainably designed student center building. The Community and Student Services Center (CSSC) is the centerpiece of the college's "green intelligent building initiative," serving more than 15,000 students, staff and faculty.

Architects at tBP/Architecture wanted to incorporate as much glass as possible into the CSSC to flood the interior with daylight and keep a connection to the outdoors for the well-being of the students. They designed a building with an atrium that included a two-story, 2,900-square-foot south and west facing curtain wall, which posed significant glare and heat control challenges from the sun. The building incorporates SageGlass, which is an electronically tintable glass that can diversify the experience of daylight in a building.


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