Health and Learning Center

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The 272,000 square foot Health and Learning Center (HLC) integrates recreation, health services, athletics, and academics in one central location to engage students in holistic learning.

The HLC is home to:

  • the Athletics offices
  • Campus Health Services
  • Campus Recreation Services
  • Employee Assistance and Wellness
  • a pharmacy
  • locker rooms
  • training spaces
  • two floors of classrooms, a sustainability café
  • lounge areas for studying, collaborating, and conversation

Achieving LEED Gold


  • Over 75 percent of construction material waste was recycled, diverting this from local landfills.
  • Air delivery systems and a building "flush-out" removed all airborne particulates generated during construction.
  • Materials with recycled content of at least 20 percent (total value of materials in the project) were used.
  • 20 percent (by cost) of building materials were extracted, harvested, recovered, and manufactured within 500 miles of Flagstaff.
  • Use of various Low-Emitting Materials including adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, carpet, and wood and agrifiber products.

Reduced building impact

  • Highly-reflective roofing materials and the use of vegetated spaces throughout the landscape minimize the heat island effect.
  • Low Volatile Organic Compound-emitting materials used throughout the facility maximize the indoor air quality and thereby the users' satisfaction and productivity.
  • The building’s total carbon footprint was reduced by 50 percent, meeting the objectives of the American Institute of Architects 2030 Challenge.

Energy efficiency

  • Use of demand limited ventilation ensures that occupied spaces will be properly ventilated while preserving energy within the other spaces when they are not in use.
  • High-performance building envelope systems ensure that the facility is maximizing the use of exterior insulation and minimizing thermal loss.
  • 70 percent of the domestic hot water will be provided by 102 solar panels on the building's roof. This renewable energy source exceeds six percent of the total building energy usage.
  • The air handling units’ economizer cycle reduces energy consumption by utilizing outdoor air to temper the building as outside conditions permit.
  • Daylighting is maximized throughout all public spaces to minimize artificial lighting requirements.
  • High-efficiency light fixtures optimize the lighting power density throughout the facility.
  • Consolidation of five older, less energy-efficient buildings into one high-performance building saves campus energy and space.
  • Enhanced commissioning all of building systems ensures that each system is performing at the efficiency for which it was designed.

Water efficiency

  • Utilizing reclaimed water for landscape irrigation and waste conveyance results in over 45 percent reduction in potable water usage.
  • Using low-flow fixtures reduces the total sewage discharge from the building and site.
  • Water-efficient landscaping eliminates use of potable water for this purpose.


A comprehensive Building Management System (BMS) continually monitors and controls the performance of each building system and provide feedback to achieve and maintain greater efficiency.