OT9 Design and Skanska were awarded the design-build contract for St. Petersburg College’s Green Living Demonstration Center.
The Center will be a highly visible community and education center on the college’s Seminole campus. Estimated at 1,500 to 2,500 square feet, the Center will look residential from the exterior but will serve as an energy efficient model for development technologies and observation. The project will follow the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technology Program by demonstrating the commercial viability of technologies, techniques and tools for making building more energy efficient, productive, and affordable.
Sean Williams, principal architect at OT9 Design, has extensive experience in LEED sustainable and biomimicry design, and suggested this project could be adjusted to become Living Building Challenge certified. Qualifications for certification include meeting seven performance areas including site, water, energy, health, materials, equity, and beauty.
“We are designing the Green Living Demonstration Center to be water net zero, energy net zero, with healthy air, materials, and ecologically friendly,” said Williams. “The first of its kind in Florida, it will be a showcase for sustainable living and responsible construction.”
Skanska is recognized as an industry leader in constructing sustainable buildings, including two of only 10 certified living buildings plus two currently in design and review in the U.S. For this project, they have assembled a team of experts from offices throughout the country to meet the unique requirements of the Living Building Challenge.
The project will be complete by June 30, 2017.
About OT+9 Design
OT+9 Design is an architectural design studio located in St. Petersburg, Florida focusing on innovative, entrepreneurial problem solving and specializing in creative sustainability. The firm has expertise in commercial, residential and institutional design. For more information, visit www.ot9design.com.
Skanska is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups with expertise in construction, development of commercial and residential premises, and public-private partnerships projects. Based on its global green experience, Skanska aims to be the clients’ first choice for Green solutions. The Group currently has 58,000 employees in selected home markets in Europe and North America. Skanska’s sales in 2014 totaled SEK 145 billion.