The Fahy Commons building at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., recently won three sustainability awards: the 2023 Groundbreaker Award from Green Building United, Architectural Excellence Committee on the Environment Award from The American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania chapter and 2023 METROPOLIS Planet Positive Award.
The three-story structure opened in 2023 and features efficient HVAC systems, cutting-edge lighting technology and a super-insulated building envelope that reduces energy use 70%. A 73-kilowatt rooftop solar array generates renewable energy.
ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa., manufactured the 24-gauge steel 2-inch Field-Lok standing-seam metal roof panels in classic bronze, and they were installed by Alan Kunsman Roofing & Siding Inc., Freemansburg, Pa. A solar array of 183 panels was installed over the metal roof panels by Endless Energy, Wilkes-Barr, Pa.
The project is on track to become the first Living Building Challenge Core Green Building Certified structure in the world and is pursuing LEED Platinum and Passive House certifications.
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