USGBC Oklahoma’s most recent LEED Building Tour featured the Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Center in Tulsa. Nearly 2 dozen local architecture, construction and health professionals were on hand to get a look at this great new facility.
The building entry’s 2-story, high-performance glass facade floods the entry area and mezzanine with natural light, highlighting top quality finishes and providing great outdoor views to building occupants.
The facility also utilizes smart strategies to increase its energy and water operating efficiency. 95% efficient boilers and heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) ensure that heating is optimized and recirculated, while light-colored roofing and site concrete keep the building cool and reduce heat island effects.
This 44,000 sf, $10.3 million dollar facility sits on approximately 4 acres in North Tulsa. Connie McFarland, of McFarland Architects, stated that the project incurred a 1.2% cost premium to achieve LEED compliance, but the facility is also projected to be approximately 25% more energy efficient than a standard local building, making this building much more affordable to operate for years to come.
In July, USGBC Oklahoma hosted a free tour of Jenks High School’s LEED Gold Certified Math & Science Building. We had a great turnout, and representatives from Jenks Schools, GH2 Architects and Manhattan Construction did a great job of explaining many of the project’s high-performance features.
The building’s massive geothermal heating and cooling kept us cool as we roamed the hallways, science labs, mechanical rooms, the roof, and even the planetarium. Several tall vertical-axis wind turbines line the sidewalks in front of the building, providing a valuable renewable energy learning opportunity for students.
Jenks Schools did a great job on this project, and they are raising the bar for new school construction all across Oklahoma.