The Media and Learning Center, designed by Ratcliff Architects, was built to realize a savings of 71 percent less energy than the regional average for a higher education building, saving the campus an estimated $60,000 per year.
The 67,000 square foot structure houses fourteen classrooms, for anthropology and general education, all outfitted with the latest AV and communication technology. A specialized distance learning classroom, in conjunction with a TV studio and production suite, supports the campus’ broadcast media package that includes online, video streaming and cable TV services.
A central two‐story atrium creates a dramatic interior public space and features exhibits by the anthropology department and an interactive dashboard tracking real‐time data about building performance and class information.
Natural-Air Ventilation HVAC System
The MLC is one of few large buildings in the world featuring a passive downdraft, natural‐air ventilation HVAC system that operates by drawing in outside air through tower‐shaped air intakes on the rooftop.
Together with the passive downdraft HVAC system, the following energy strategies will earn the project a LEED for new construction Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council:
The atrium is bathed in natural light by a high‐performance, fritted‐glass skylight—
Heating and Cooling
The building uses an under‐floor air distribution system to deliver air directly
On‐site renewable energy systems will reduce annual energy costs by nearly 28
Low‐flow plumbing fixtures reduce indoor water use to 48 percent below the
Interior materials including carpet tile, floor tile, insulating batts, acoustical panels and
Siting the building to maximize exposure to north and south light was key to energy