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Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building at Berea College Awarded LEED Gold

Natual & Health Sciences Building The recently completed Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building (MAC) at Berea College was awarded LEED Gold certification and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Project Certification. Ballinger served as architect and engineer for the highly-visible 125,000 SF new building, designed to prepare students for careers at the intersection of science and health.

Energy consumption in a laboratory is driven by outdoor air requirements, the heating and cooling to condition this air, and high internal heat gains from laboratory equipment. Ballinger designed sustainable systems within MAC to mitigate the energy impact of these drivers. Enthalpy and sensible energy recovery wheels deliver neutral temperature ventilation air. The design decouples ventilation requirements from heating and cooling demands. Active chilled beams provide sensible cooling throughout the building.

The project also received the Forest Stewardship Council’s Full Project Certification. This certification requires a full audit of all wood products used in construction and verification that they were sourced with ecological responsibility. Low-tech horse-logging techniques were used to sustainably harvest timber from ash trees at risk by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle. Once the timber was milled, Berea College Woodcraft students designed and constructed the native-ash panels that now sheathe the building’s atrium. Berea is now home to five of eight FSC certified projects in the US and one of only 85 worldwide.

Ballinger Designed Natural Sciences and Health Building Breaks Ground at Berea College

(Image Above – Berea College President Lyle Roelofs second to the left, Ballinger Principal Jeff French far right)

On Thursday, April 21st, Berea College broke ground on the Ballinger-designed Natural Sciences and Health Building.

At the ceremony, Berea College President Lyle Roelofs stated about the building, “This new 125,000 square foot building will provide an interdisciplinary learning environment, space for enhanced collaboration among disciplines such as biology, chemistry, and Berea’s well-known nursing program, the oldest college-affiliated nursing program west of the Allegheny Mountains.”

Upon approaching the Berea campus from the north, the new building provides a landmark presence blending a contextual Georgian exterior character with a daylight-infused, transparent, contemporary interior environment of flexible pedagogy.


To read more about Berea’s Natural Sciences and Health Building, click here.

For more renderings of the building, click here.