Fernald Preserve Visitors Center

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7400 Willey Road, Crosby Township, Harrison, OH 45030


Here is a link to the Project Profile prepared by Green Cincinnati. Profiles normally consist of history, Green Building strategies, and information about the project’s goals and uses.

From basic presentations for K-12 to more detailed information on the materials and processes used to achieve LEED Credits – educational materials may also include posters that explain the entire project site on one side and the features inside the building footprint on another. Even a materials list can be helpful – designers and suppliers are always asking where they can get products that contribute to Material Resources credits. For more information on all the regional LEED projects go to the USGBC Cincinnati Regional Chapter’s site www.usgbc-cincinnati.org. And don’t forget to train your staff on the Green Features of your project as well. The new Green Associate educational material is an excellent primer on the site, water, energy, material, and interior environment LEED categories. Their is no one thing that makes a building Green and that makes explaining Green Buildings a bit more difficult. Contact Green Cincinnati.

From documents Green Cincinnati prepared for FPVC’s educational materials:

Ohio’s first building certified platinum for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification is the highest level of the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system. The Council is a nonprofit organization that certifies
environmentally sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods through their
LEED Green Building Rating System. The LEED Green Building Rating System promotes the expansion of green practices and education around the world through the creation and implementation of
universally understood performance criteria. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings and incorporates a holistic approach that integrates all
phases of design, construction, and operation. Categories include new construction, existing
buildings operations and maintenance, commercial
interiors, core and shell, schools, retail, healthcare,
homes, and neighborhood development. LEED
emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies and certifies
buildings according to the sustainability of the site,
water efficiency, energy use and impact on the
atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor
environmental quality, and innovation and design. A
building can also be recognized for exemplary
performance or innovation.
The Fernald Preserve Visitors Center received its
platinum certification on September 20, 2008, making
it the 93rd platinum project in the United States, the
first in Ohio, and the second for the U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE). DOE’s first platinum-certified
building was the National Renewable Energy
Laboratory Science and Technology Facility. LEED
experts from that project assisted with the initial
development of the Visitors Center.
The Visitors Center was certified under LEED
New Construction Version 2.2 and received 53 out
of a possible 69 points in the following areas:
Site Planning: 10 out of 14 points
 Fernald’s site history as a former uraniumprocessing
facility qualifies it as a brownfield
reclamation site—land previously used for
industrial purposes that had some level of
hazardous waste or pollution and has the potential
to be reused once it is remediated. The building
was originally constructed as a warehouse for a
$170 million waste treatment and packaging
facility. 91 percent of the existing structure was
retained as part of the new Visitors Center, and
was one of two buildings that were not razed as
part of the $4.4 billion site cleanup of the former
uranium-processing facility.
 Bike racks and showers for cyclists encourage
environmentally low-impact transportation.
 Preferred parking is available for hybrid cars.
 77 percent of the building landscape was restored
using native or adaptive plantings.
 Rain gardens are used to capture and store storm
water from the parking lot and rainwater from the
Visitors Center. Native plants and animals use the

water, and the plants passively clean it before it
soaks into the ground.
 Light-colored roofing material reduces heat
island effect.
 Light pollution was reduced by keeping wayfinding
illumination close to the building,
lowering the height of parking light fixtures, and
directing light downward.
Water Management: 5 out of 5 points
 Native and drought-resistant plants were used in
the landscaping to eliminate the need for irrigation
and to reduce topsoil runoff. The native plants
also encourage animal and insect ecosystems,
which reduce landscape maintenance labor.
 High-efficiency water and plumbing fixtures
reduce water usage by 41 percent. Low-flow dualflush
toilets use only 1.1 gallons per flush for
liquids and 1.6 gallons for solids. The urinals use
0.5 gallons per flush. A biowetland near the
building uses plants, microorganisms, and natural
interaction with the environment—the sun, soil,
and air—to processes 100 percent of the
wastewater generated by the Visitors Center.
Energy: 13 out of 17 points
 A ground-source heat pump system heats and
cools the building. Coolant circulates within a
closed-loop system, and a heat exchanger is
submerged 14 feet deep in a 1-acre lake with a
temperature that stays between 50 and 60 degrees
Fahrenheit year-round.
 All electricity is purchased using renewable
energy credits. The credits come from
renewable, sustainable sources like organic
materials, hydropower, geothermal power, wind,
and solar power.
 Energy usage is 48 percent less than a
comparable building constructed without using
LEED platinum standards.
 An independent agency verified all building
systems and guaranteed proper operation and
energy efficiency at startup. All systems were reverified
after a year of operation.
Material and Resources: 8 out of 13 points
 75 percent of construction waste was recycled
or salvaged.
 23 percent of the construction costs were spent on
recycled content material, including carpet,
ceramic tile, gypsum board, acoustic ceiling tiles,
and landscape seating.
 43 percent of the material costs were spent on
supplies sourced within 500 miles of the building.
 51 percent of wood-based material costs were
made of recycled content.
 Rapidly renewable materials were used.
 The building recycles paper, cardboard, metal,
plastic, and glass.
Indoor Environmental Quality: 12 out of 15 points
 Most the building has natural light and views to
the outside.
 No odorous or irritating building materials.
 Low-emitting adhesives, paints, carpets, and
furniture were purchased.
 Heat-producing rooms (copier and audiovisual
rooms) are equipped with external ventilation
 Carbon dioxide monitors are used in densely
occupied areas to increase ventilation when
 The use of specialty entry grids, special cleaning
and separate chemical storage areas reduces
indoor chemicals and pollutants.
 Lighting and thermal systems are personally
controllable and set to reduced levels by
occupancy sensors.
Innovation and Design: 5 out of 5 points
 On the summer solstice, the sun rises over the
site’s on-site disposal facility and aligns with the
axis wall that cuts through the building.
 A green cleaning program is used at the building.

 Performance in the “Innovative Wastewater
Technologies” category is exemplary, with 100
percent of wastewater being treated to tertiary
standards in a zero-discharge biowetland.
 Performance in the “Site Development, Protect or
Restore Habitat, Integrated Landscape Program”
category is exemplary. For example, the area has
been ecologically restored, and wildlife habitat
has been created with plantings of native or
adaptive vegetation.
 The Visitors Center’s Green Building Education
Program, which includes extensive educational
exhibits, signage, and outdoor displays, is
underway. The exhibit area in the building traces
the site’s history from 12,000 BC to the present.
 A LEED-accredited professional was responsible
for the project.
Buildings use a large part of our natural resources
The built environment has a profound impact on our
natural environment, economy, health, and
productivity. In the United States alone, buildings
account for:
 72 percent of electricity consumption,
 40 percent of raw material use,
 39 percent of energy use,
 38 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions,
 30 percent of waste output (136 million tons
annually), and
 14 percent of potable water consumption.
Green Building Benefits
 Enhances and protect ecosystems and
 Improves air and water quality
 Reduces solid waste
 Conserves natural resources
 Reduces operating costs
 Enhances asset value and profits
 Improves employee productivity and
 Optimizes life-cycle economic performance
Health and community benefits
 Improves air, thermal, and acoustic
 Enhances occupant comfort
 Minimizes strain on local infrastructure
 Contributes to overall quality of life
U.S. Green Building Council
For additional information, go to www.usgbc.org or
visit the regional chapter at 1684 Nagel Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255, (513) 403-0301, www.usgbccincinnati.
Fernald Preserve Visitors Center
Owner: U.S. Department of Energy Office of
Legacy Management
Prime Contractor: S.M. Stoller Corporation (Glenn
Griffiths, Project Manager)
Cost: $6.6 million
Area: 10,800 square feet
Architectural firm: glaserworks (Adam Luginbill,
Project Architect/LEED-Accredited Professional)
For additional information, please contact:
Jane Powell
Fernald Preserve Site Manager
(513) 648-3148
E-mail: [email protected]