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Entrant Name
McGranahan Architects

Design Team
Marc C. Gleason, AIA, LEED AP, Principal in Charge Michael D. Slater, AIA, NCARB, Principal/Project Manager Darrin M. Filand, AIA, Lead Project Designer Dion Serra, Project Designer Brian Corcoran, Project Designer Seong Shin, Interior Design Principal Steve Broback, Construction Administration

Contractor: Forma Construction Design Build Mechanical Engineer/Energy Modeler: Sunset Air Design Build Electrical Engineer: Taurus Electric Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions Civil Engineer: SCJ Alliance Landscape Architect: Robert W. Droll Lighting Design: Lighting Group Northwest Commissioning Agent: LNS Engineers

Owner / Client
Saint Martin's University

Cebula Hall - Hal & Inge Marcus School of Engineering

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The Cebula Hall Engineering Building reflects Saint Martin’s University’s heritage while transforming how engineering students are educated. As a Catholic Benedictine institution, the precepts of The Rule of St. Benedict permeate the University’s atmosphere. Saint Martin’s community lives in service to one another and the world around them. Part of living in community includes using shared resources responsibly. Cebula Hall reflects these ideas by introducing a sustainable, collaborative and cost effective learning environment that supports these tenets.

Reflecting University Culture through Sustainability
The new building expresses the Benedictine values through the effective production and reduced consumption of resources in a highly collaboratively oriented environment. Through the cooperative efforts of the University and the design team the new building is the highest rated LEED building in the Western Hemisphere and third highest in the world. The lab building has a proven EUI of 18.25 kBtu/ft2 and was constructed for a modest cost of $225 per square foot. The project incorporates many sustainable systems and operational choices to achieve this performance including: on-site renewable energy through a 21.8 kilowatt photovoltaic array, ground source heat, campus oriented storm water quality facility, on site potable water source, energy efficient envelope, and interpretive education features.

Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers
The School of Engineering graduates students in Mechanical and Civil Engineering. Spaces, systems and sustainable components are strategically integrated and exposed throughout the building and have transformed the way Saint Martin’s teaches engineering. Transparency between spaces has provided an openness that is conducive to greater collaborative activities. A gridded glass wall between the faculty office suite, labs and study spaces facilitates planned and impromptu sketching and conversation enabling students and faculty to interact in a more open and effective atmosphere. Exposed civil, mechanical and structural systems provide students with “hands-on” visualization tools and interpretive learning environments. Hallway monitors act as awareness dashboards that display real-time energy and water usage. Online dashboards are used for energy and HVAC related courses. New courses have been developed that incorporate the photovoltaic manipulatives roof-top lab.

University Community Connection
Building placement defined a multi-purposed campus quadrangle that established previously non-existent connectivity to campus community while providing area for the horizontally oriented ground loop array. From the quad students can observe this interactive building and research on the roof lab; strengthening the exposure of the School of Engineering and reminding observers of the importance of engineering and sustainability to our future.