The LEED Platinum certified building and winner of the 2009 U.S. Air Force Merit Award is the first U.S. Air Force project and the first U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-executed project to achieve LEED Platinum. It is designed to withstand a Category 3 Hurricane and includes gymnasium with two basketball courts, racquetball courts and locker rooms. The facility also houses a massage therapist room, a parent-child area and the Health and Wellness Center.
TLC’s energy modeling services drove decisions that affected the building’s overall energy consumption. The fitness center uses 48.4% less annual energy cost than a minimally code-compliant (ASHRAE 90.1-2004) version of the same building, resulting in an estimated annual savings of $57,987. Energy-saving features include passive solar orientation and massing; reduced lighting power density; high-efficiency cooling equipment; solar hot water and photovoltaic systems; daylight harvesting; and lighting controls.