KMA Architecture & Engineering announced that the new Marine Corps Infantry Training Center at Camp Pendleton recently achieved LEED Gold certification from the USGBC.
The project, designed by KMA in partnership with the Straub Construction, Inc. design-build team, is one of the first LEED Gold certified projects on the base.
The two-story center incorporates eco-friendly features, including photovoltaic panels on roofs to offset building energy costs by an estimated 14 percent and water efficient landscaping with drought-tolerant native plant species to reduce irrigation requirements by 60 percent.
Overall water-use reduction will be achieved with low-flow plumbing fixtures.
The building also includes translucent panel skylights, and low-e insulated glass for exterior windows to bring natural daylight into the building.
In addition, preferred parking for low-emission and fuel efficient vehicles was provided, as part of the plan to achieve LEED certification.
During construction, a waste management plan was implemented to recycle or divert 98 percent of construction waste from disposal.
All wood-based material is FSC certified, and adhesives, paints and coatings, carpet and composite wood products are specified with low VOC content, a common ingredient that is dangerous to the earthís atmosphere.
The KMA project team was comprised of Don Blair and Alison Warren, both LEED Accredited Professionals.
Engineering consultants were Berg Engineering for civil, DS Engineering for mechanical and plumbing, MPE Consulting for electrical, and SMR Consulting Group for structural. Additionally, K. Killman Design was the interior designer, and Crescere Design was the landscape architect.