PTA Engineering is proud to participate in the development of sustainable design and building practices to enhance occupant comfort, health, and productivity while sustaining the environment.
As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, PTA makes Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation a priority. Eleven engineers on the design team at PTA are LEED Accredited Professionals and as such are recognized for their knowledge of the LEED rating system. Along with Domokur Architects and many other firms that contributed to the design and construction of the projects, PTA’s design team provided the Mechanical and Plumbing design for two recent LEED certified projects for the J.M. Smucker Company. The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Cafe’ was certified LEED in September of 2008 and the Employee Center achieved silver certification in February of 2009. LEED certified buildings often provide healthier work and living environments, which contributes to higher productivity and improved employee health and comfort.
Energy Star Award
Mercy Medical Center achieved the prestigious Energy Star in July 2009. This award is the mark of superior energy performance and identifies the building as one of the most efficient buildings in the nation. This building and those of similar nature will be used by the media and others to highlight our nation’s leaders in energy efficiency. PTA is proud to have been involved for over a decade in the mechanical and electrical design for Mercy Medical Center. For example, the design of the 3A patient wing renovation included an energy recovery unit to capture the air from the restrooms in patient rooms. This air, which would normally have been exhausted, is being used to reduce the energy consumption that is required to heat and cool the facility.
Whether or not the intent is for a facility to be LEED certified or awarded an Energy Star, the engineers at PTA incorporate design solutions that maximize the economic and environmental performance of the facility. For example, the Asbury Woods Nature Center, a recreational facility, was well suited for the implementation of green concepts and features creative design solutions such as waterless urinals, a geothermal heating exchange system and natural ventilation.