The Rorer Center for Science and Technology at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is a vibrant learning center that serves as an active teaching tool for environmental responsibility. BBA provided MEP engineering for the new high-performance building.
The building envelope features superior insulating value, air and vapor barriers and double-glazed low-E window units. The glass lobby serves as a large-scale vestibule and transition zone from the outdoors. The HVAC system shares the boiler and chiller plant with the adjacent campus buildings, and utilizes variable speed control of pumps and air-handling unit fans. To accommodate the point source exhausts and fume hoods, the ventilation air and building pressurization are carefully controlled to minimize energy consumption while maintaining safe classroom laboratories. In addition, the photovoltaic panels, wind turbine, rainwater collection system, and real-time display in the main lobby are some of the more visible elements of sustainable design. The project is LEED Gold certified.