Charles Hostler Student Center, Beirut

Following our recent post on the AIA’s Top Green Projects for 2009 and your comments regarding what makes each and every one of them unique, we decided to write a series of articles presenting each project separately. After all they do deserve it!

So, enjoy your “eco” ride, starting with The Charles Hostler Student Center in Beirut

Charles W. Hostler Student Center was designed by James Associate Architects (JAA) and opened its facilities for use on May 23, 2008.

According to AIA the center's architectural design was recognized for its "non-hierarchical synthesis of architecture and landscape to create a set of richly varied and environmentally diverse spaces for people to gather at all hours".

Facilities include health and fitness rooms, an indoor 25-meter long swimming pool, a multi-use gymnasium, three basketball courts, in-door soccer and handball courts, two squash courts, student activity rooms, a refurbished track and Green Field, a 280-seat auditorium, a cafe, an internet room, and an underground parking area for around 200 cars.

The Center's complex, is entirely smoke-free and possesses an environment-friendly design that minimizes heat and cooling needs by recycling water, and employing energy-efficient lighting.

In more detail here is what makes the Charles W. Hostler Student Center one of the Top Green Projects for 2009:

- Roof integrated solar collectors for hot water and swimming pool heating
- Building volume-distribution creating local microclimate
- Standby rain water collection system

- High efficiency chilled water generation plant using sea water wells for system cooling
- High efficiency air handling units with Heat Recovery systems
- Conservation of energy through digital building management system

- High building insulation on all external walls and ceilings
- Conservation of energy through digital building management system
- External radiant and evaporative cooling by Water Walls

- Natural wind forced ventilation
- Energy efficient light fixtures
- Grey water collection, treatment and reuse in the same project
- Use of non-potable water for toilet flushing and urinals

- No use of high Ozone Depleting and/or Global Warming potential refrigerants as per Montreal Protocol and LEED requirements
- Maximized open spaces
- No use of any toxic construction materials

Hung on for more details on all Top Green Projects 2009.

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