Butte College’s Arts Building earned a Best Practice Award for HVAC Efficiency along with an Honorable Mention for Water Quality and Site Water Conservation from the California Community College Chancellor's Office, representing 109 community college districts throughout the state.
The newly completed Arts Building at Butte College is an example of utilizing multiple specialized instructional spaces with specific requirements, and a campus sustainability strategy that includes achieving carbon neutrality by 2012.
"For the college, this was the largest and most complicated building we’ve ever done," said Mike Miller, Butte College director of Facilities Planning and Management. "But sometimes the greatest challenges make the greatest successes. I think this is one of those cases.”
Highlighting the success and innovation achieved on this project:
• An adaptable, solution-oriented project team that adjusted to changing cost factors to ultimately deliver a project that exceeded owner's expectations;
• The delivery of a renewable building targeting LEED®-NC Gold certification despite strict budget constraints; and
• Implementation of a "paperless" project management system.
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The Arts Building is the fifth construction project constructed for Butte College utilizing funds from a local bond measure—Measure A—approved by voters in 2002. Due to its unique nature, this 77,000 square foot., two-story building was challenging in design and construction. It houses a diverse array of fine and performing arts spaces, ranging from a "black-box" performing arts theatre to music rehearsal rooms, photography labs and much more. "The building has over 42 specialized instructional spaces, each of which was unique with its own specific construction requirements," Miller said.