The Hicks Student Center, the first LEED (Silver) certified New Construction project in Kalamazoo, is considered the living room of campus. Originally constructed in the 1930’s, the Welles Dining Room houses a historically significant plaster fresco mural and was not handicap accessible.
This two phase project included the partial demolition, reconstruction and renovation of the existing 80,000 square foot building. Miller-Davis worked with Tower Pinkster architects and JDH engineers to provide the student population with a facility that supports the education process, is handicapped accessible, energy sufficient and achieves U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating.
LEED certification of the Hicks Center was based on numerous green design and construction features that positively impacted the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
- 90% of construction waste was diverted from landfills
- 42% of the building’s energy is provided through the local utility company’s green energy program
- 89% of the existing building structure was preserved
- 41% of the building materials were from within 500 miles of the project
- 36% of the building materials used were recycled or rapidly-renewable products
- 40% water savings was achieved through use of waterless urinals and low-flow fixtures
Miller-Davis was a winner of a 2009 Aon Build America Award, the construction industry’s “Oscars”, from the Associated General Contractors of America, as well as a winner of a 2008 Build Michigan Award from the Associated General Contractors of Michigan for the Hicks Student Center.
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