August 08, 2018

Snyder Center earns LEED Platinum honor

USGBC cited Andover as a “showcase example of sustainability”

The Snyder Center, Phillips Academy’s new multipurpose athletic center, has achieved LEED Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a globally recognized rating system for sustainable building design and construction practices.

The USGBC cited Andover as a “showcase example of sustainability” and a leader in helping to transform the building industry.

Innovation and care for the environment were top priorities in the construction of the Snyder Center. Rigorous sustainability goals were either met or exceeded. As a result, the 98,000 square-foot facility has not increased the Academy’s overall consumption of energy from fossil fuels. This is due in large part to features that include a roof-top solar array, efficient building envelope and energy systems, and the reuse of waste heat from ice-making at the adjacent arena.

LEED-ing Examples

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1,778 rooftop solar panels provide renewable electricity to both the Snyder Center the ice arena

All spaces are equipped with LED lighting and occupancy sensors

Interior seating was crafted from reclaimed wood from five beech trees removed from the construction site

Destratification fans above the track lessen the need for air handlers

A few other examples of the Snyder Center’s eco-friendly features:

  • Destratification fans above the track lessen the need for air handlers.
  • 1,778 rooftop solar panels provide renewable electricity to both the Snyder Center the ice arena.
  • All spaces are equipped with LED lighting and occupancy sensors; large windows maximize daylighting.
  • Interior seating was crafted from reclaimed wood from five beech trees removed from the construction site.
  • Storm water is managed on-site using rain gardens and detention ponds. 

The Snyder Center (platinum) joins the Rebecca M. Sykes Wellness Center (gold) and Paresky Commons dining hall (silver) as Andover’s third building to achieve LEED status.

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