College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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Campus Scene IN T HE SPOT LIGH T Ask the Expert This Month Exterior Furnishings Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Celebrates LEED Gold What site amenities do we need for a new residence hall? WITH THE ACHIEVEMENT OF LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION FROM the U.S. Green Building Council for its new 154,000-sq.-ft. Campus Center, which opened in May of 2011, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey now has a living model of its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. The Campus Center employs a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include optimized energy performance; community connectivity; water use reduction; enhanced commissioning; recycled, regional, and low-emitting materials; and daylighting. "LEED Gold certification is an honor that we are proud to announce. Our hope is that by earning this prestigious designation, we are influencing our students and the community to follow in our footsteps and to make even greater strides towards a healthier environment," says Stockton President Dr. Herman Saatkamp. Stockton College's LEED team included representatives from the college's Office of Facilities Planning and Construction, KSS Architects, and Viridian Energy and Environmental. The Campus Center is the second project on campus to obtain a LEED certification. Dalhousie University Goes to the Dogs In early December, Dalhousie University (DU) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, helped its students cope with the pressure of exams and end-of-term assignments by bringing in stressmanagement experts: puppies (well, dogs, actually). The University created a "Puppy Room" where students waited in line for the chance to hang out with a Labradoodle, a Sheltie, a Golden Retriever, and several others — all volunteering their time through the nonprofit Therapeutic Paws of Canada (TPoC). TPoC { CONT. ON PAGE 6 } COLLEGES HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING of what students expect inside. But what about outside? The landscape architect must plan for pedestrian traffic patterns as well as social spaces. Outdoor site amenities would include benches, trash and recycling receptacles, picnic tables, and bike racks. All of these products must be constructed for constant exposure to the public and the elements. Steel benches are most common because of their durability. But recycled plastic benches are also popular. All benches need to be securely anchored on site, usually at housing entrances and near campus bus stops. Common complements to benches are trash and recycling containers. You want durable designs, probably matching the bench in materials and colors. Don't skimp on the availability of trash receptacles. People will use them if they are conveniently located, so keep them frequent along traffic patterns. A picnic table is a site amenity often overlooked, but it can provide much the same function as a bench, with the benefit of a tabletop. Pedestal tables, permanently installed onsite, will prevent movement to other areas and theft. Recycled plastic components are available on picnic tables, but coated steel products are gaining popularity because of their strength and durability. Some tables should be ADA compliant for wheelchair accessibility. Make sure they meet the minimum ADA requirements for knee and toe clearances. Bike traffic on campus is a given, so adequate racking is necessary to keep bikes parked in designated areas, and to protect them from damage and theft. Bike rack designs range from basic and functional to works of art. Welded steel component bike racks are most able to withstand abuse. Bob Simonsen is a marketing manager for the R.J. Thomas Mfg. Co. Inc. ( He can be reached at 712/225-5115 or JANUARY 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 3

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