Native American Cultural Center
The Native American Cultural Center was designed with input
from 22 tribal leaders. An outdoor plaza showcases cultural events amid
indigenous landscaping, with an amazing view of the San Francisco Peaks.
Achieving LEED Silver
Passive solar design
- The distribution of glazing has been
concentrated to south and southeast-facing windows, and clerestory glazing to
optimizes solar heat gain and daylight harvesting potential.
- A system of exterior mounted blinds and interior
roller shades are provided to mitigate glare and summer heat gain.
- The angled roof planes of the building utilize
southern solar exposure for additional winter season heat gain and discouraging
snow and ice accumulation while maximizing the use of interior space by
reducing the need for attic space over the central lobby.
- A continuous wrap of insulation to reduce
undesired thermal heat transfers while maximizing the use and effectiveness of
insulation materials and resources.
- Daylighting is utilized throughout the facility
to reduce the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.
- High-efficiency light fixtures and
occupancy-sensing technology optimizes lighting power density and energy use
throughout the facility.
- Use of demand control ventilation sensors ensure
that occupied spaces are sufficiently ventilated while preserving energy when
ventilation needs are reduced.
- The air handling unit’s economizer cycle reduces
energy consumption by utilizing outdoor air to condition the building as
outside conditions permit.
- Enhanced commissioning all of building systems
ensures that each system is performing at optimal efficiency.
Construction and indoor environmental quality
- Waste management systems were in place
throughout construction which diverted over 75 percent of all construction
material wastes from local landfills. This includes the recycling and/or
salvage of all non-hazardous demolition debris.
- Indoor air quality was maintained throughout
construction with the use of proper protection of air delivery systems and a
building "flush-out," which will remove all of the airborne
particulates generated during construction.
- Use of building materials with recycled content
and that have been extracted, harvested, or recovered, as well as manufactured
within 500 miles.
- Use of various low-emitting materials including
adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, carpet, and wood and agrifiber
products minimizes indoor contaminants.
Programming and indoor environmental quality
- The placement of all office space, meeting
rooms, and other regularly-occupied spaces has been located with direct visual
access to the outdoor environment to engage the site’s landscape features.
- A spacious central common lobby area at the
building’s core welcomes staff and guests with a warm palette of regional wood
and stone materials while serving as the primary circulation space to the
peripheral offices and meeting rooms.
- Fresh outdoor air is delivered to all regularly
occupied spaces at levels 30 percent greater than building codes requirements
to maximize occupant comfort and reduce indoor pollutants.
- Low volatile organic compound-emitting materials
used throughout the facility maximize the indoor air quality and thereby the
users' satisfaction and productivity.
Reduced building impact
- Existing off-site parking is utilized; no new
parking was established.
- The site’s use of native vegetation complements
a network of landscaping elements that capture rainwater to recharge the
aquifer with naturally-treated stormwater.
- The use of recycled and regional construction
materials and finishes reduced transportation activities and associated
pollutants while supporting the local economy.
- Recycling programs divert construction waste and
building-occupant-generated waste from disposal.
The use of low-flow fixtures reduces the total sewage
discharge from the building/site by over 42 percent compared with conventional
A comprehensive Building Management System (BMS) is being
used to continually monitor and control the performance of each building
system, providing usable feedback to facilities management staff to efficiently
operate building systems and optimize their performance.