Completed in October 2008, the PAC Center is a 56,000 square foot
athletic, fitness and recreational facility on Monroe's Brighton Campus.
It accommodates a wide range of uses including health and physical
education classes, team sports, intramural leagues, community wellness
programs and individual fitness.
And in addition to helping with general wellness, it's healthy for the
environment. During the design portion of the facility, the college
chose to pursue LEED Certification, something which added complexity not
just to the drawing-board process and the construction phase -- but to
the every level of the planning. In October 2009, however, the effort
was rewarded when the U.S. Green Building Council notified the college
that the finished product had achieved the LEED Gold rating.
It didn't escape the notice of ASBA's judges during the annual awards
program. The PAC Center was honored with the Association's inaugural
Green Award, which recognizes eco-friendly design and construction
The PAC Center boasts a wealth of amenities for its users including a
field house with a 136' x 220' synthetic turf field, two retractable
batting cages, a two-lane walking/jogging track surrounding the turf
field, an interactive lobby for entry to the campus sports facility, a
3,500 sq. ft. fitness center with cardio and strength training
equipment, 1,800 sq. ft. of training space including hot and cold
hydrotherapy pools, locker rooms, a multi-purpose room, a cleat lobby
with public rest rooms, office space and equipment storage areas.
The sports it can host? Nearly unlimited, thanks to its flexible space:
the turf field can host any practice, fitness activity, game or
intramural sport thinkable. It has additional equipment for baseball and
softball batting practice, and its two-lane track can lend itself to
walking or running.
Among the center's eco-friendly facilities were:
A high energy
efficient field house
Energy cost reduction
of over 30% from the ASHRAE Standard 90.1, 2004
30% reduction in
water use from the Energy Policy Act of 1992 Fixture Performance
A diversion of over
50% of construction waste away from landfills
Nearly 40% of all
construction materials had recycled content
More than 10% of all
materials were generated within 500 miles of the project.
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