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Senior-friendly Green Project Takes Top Prize in MBI's Student Design Contest

March 01, 2009 |

Renderings: Tyler Stanley        



Tasked with designing a high-performance, modular community center for seniors, 12 architecture students recently competed in the Modular Building Institute's fourth annual student green building design competition. The competition included a real-world client, Piedmont Housing Alliance, which is currently planning a replacement community center at its low-income senior housing development in Crozet, Va.

Tyler Stanley, a senior at Ball State University's School of Architecture, was awarded the top prize (and a $2,500 scholarship) for his 4,900-sf design scheme incorporating a sloped vegetated roof, salvaged materials, and LED lighting. Stanley's plan calls for the use of local and recycled materials throughout the facility, including recycled steel for the module frames and columns and salvaged wood for the flooring in the common areas. The sloped green roof will be supported by glulam beams recycled from modular projects that are no longer in use.

Large double-pane, low-e windows along the front and sides of the structure will allow natural light to flood every corner of the interior, while light sensors will automatically adjust the electrical lighting based on daylight levels. Other green features include no-VOC paint and carpet, sound-absorbing gypsum, low-energy appliances, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

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