Posts Tagged ‘College of the Desert’
April 5th, 2013
College of the Desert’s Nursing Building Renovation was recently certified LEED GOLD under the LEED NC2.2 rating system. The implementation of high performance design in the renovation project was critical because more than 70% of floorstock in the USA belongs to existing old buildings, according to the US Energy Information Agency. As the result, the building incorporates the following sustainable features:
- Integrated design approach applied in the project to increase energy performance during the design.
- Energy simulation shows that the project performs 43.4% above Title 24 2005, which is approximately more than 60% EUI reduction from CBECS 2003.
- More than 75% of regularly occupied space receives daylight.
- Lighting control for all classrooms.
- Photovoltaic system that offsets more than 25% building energy usage.
- 20% of the total materials are from local and regional areas and the materials contain more than 10% recycled content.
- Low emitting materials for adhesive and sealants, as well as paints and coatings.
- Heat island effect is reduced with cool roof and light paving material.
August 6th, 2012
By Ken Salyer, Managing Principal
“We’re trying to kill him,” whispers a nursing instructor at Mt. San Antonio College. She’s referring to “Paul,” the college’s new human patient simulation mannequin that is eerily realistic in its human qualities and ability to engage nursing students in hundreds of training scenarios. (And no, the instructor didn’t actually harm Paul, but she did test his limits.)
Human patient simulator mannequins are gaining popularity and credibility on college and university campuses, and some are used for national certification examinations.* Although medical and nursing students still need hands-on experience in a hospital environment, the simulation mannequins provide valuable learning opportunities and at some institutions count for up to 25 percent of a student’s clinical training hours.*
Simulation Lab at College of the Desert
May 1st, 2012
Learning resource center, private tutoring rooms, and language lab are just a few of the amenities planned for College of the Desert’s new library, set to be built in 2014. More than 30 people gathered at the school’s library on Saturday to take a peek at the renovation plans, designed by HMC Architects out of Ontario. Read the full article from mydesert.com.
March 18th, 2011
The Public Safety Academy at College of the Desert, designed by HMC Architects, has officially achieved LEED® Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This achievement affirms College of the Desert’s commitment to environmental stewardship and becomes their second LEED-certified facility.
February 16th, 2011
The Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation Nursing Complex at College of the Desert has been officially certified as a LEED silver building. Project architects HMC Architects presented the certification to the COD Board of Trustees at a recent meeting. Read the entire article on mydesert.com.
Coeta & Donald Barker Foundation Nursing Complex, Designed by HMC Architects, Achieves LEED® Silver Certification
November 22nd, 2010
It’s official. The Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation Nursing Complex at College of the Desert, designed by HMC Architects, has achieved LEED® Silver certification. This achievement affirms College of the Desert’s commitment to environmental stewardship and becomes their first LEED-certified facility.