The new Monroe County campus for Northampton Community College has garnered a citation for its sustainability and site planning.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute for Architects this month honored the college and its design team for building the Monroe campus to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-gold standards.
On an 80-acre tract near the center of Monroe County in Tannersville, the campus opened in August and has won praise from students and faculty as well as from professional architects for its LEED design (a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices).
The green construction of the 200,000-square-foot, three-building campus includes solar photovoltaic panels, central geothermal heating and cooling system and high efficiency heating, cooling and lighting systems.
The design will reduce annual energy consumption by 80 percent compared to traditional construction, and the solar system will produce 43 percent of the electricity needed throughout the year, according to college officials.
“Our hope going forward is that it will be a learning laboratory for students and for others who want to learn more about green construction,” said Mark Culp, a professional engineer and LEED-accredited professional and NCC’s director of buildings and grounds.
The campus was designed by MKSD Architects in South Whitehall Township. Silvia Hoffman, a principal at the firm, said the citation from the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute for Architects meant a lot because sustainability and creating an environment conducive to student success were priorities for NCC.
Other firms involved in the campus’s construction were D’Huy Engineering of Bethlehem, Strunk-Albert Engineering of East Stroudsburg, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic of Harrisburg and Derck & Edson Associates of Lititz.