Bradenton, Florida (March 10, 2011):  State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for its first green certified building, the new Medical Technology and Simulation Center (MTSC) that opened in August 2010 at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment for any organization, but it is particularly impressive for an institution’s first effort. It demonstrates a deep understanding of and appreciation for the inherent value of sustainability leadership by State College of Florida,” said U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Gulfcoast President Michael Carlson.

The 42,000-square-foot facility’s unique, environmentally friendly features, recognized by LEED Gold certification, enhance the College’s mission to promote healthy and sustainable living practices; demonstrate efficient energy and conservation management, saving money for families, businesses and taxpayers; and provide forward-thinking leadership for students, faculty, staff and the community.

“SCF’s foresight in the design of the MTSC positions the college to meet the needs in two areas important to the community: sustainability and wellness. While the LEED Gold certification represents a tangible symbol of our commitment to the environment, sustainability, health and wellness initiatives are fundamental to our college’s culture,” said SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Building certification levels are ranked in four categories—Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum—and are achieved through a point measurement system of five green benchmarks areas including Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality. Additional points are possible through an Innovative Design evaluation category.

SCF sought and earned 40 uncontested points from the USGBC, achieving LEED Gold certification for the MTSC’s exceptional energy, lighting, water and material use and for incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.

A significant green feature of the MTSC is the 1,600-square-foot chiller plant that uses a Thermal Energy Storage system to provide air conditioning for the campus during peak times. The chiller plant is designed to help SCF reduce annual energy costs by nearly 30 percent. A water condensate recovery system captures water from the air-handler’s coils and recycles it back into the air-conditioning system to replace 10 to 20 percent of the lost condensation needed to operate the cooling tower. Waste water generated by the chiller plant also is reused for irrigation purposes as a water conservation measure.

The MTSC’s energy systems perform double duties. In addition to cooling all the buildings on campus, the chiller plant will be a hands-on learning lab to provide a simulated work experience for students in SCF’s future Energy Technology Management baccalaureate program.

Green features of the MTSC include:

Air quality and occupant comfort/productivity

• Large windows made with Low E glass (emissivity) allow natural light and help reduce heat gain.

• Furniture was manufactured by a Greenguard-certified company for low-to-no “off gassing” compounds.

• The MTSC offers a healthy, clean-air environment on a tobacco-free campus at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

Alternative transportation incentives

• Preferred parking spaces are reserved for energy-efficient vehicles.

• Future plans call for solar-powered charging stations for electric vehicles.

• Restrooms with showers, lockers and bicycle storage encourage cyclists and walkers.

Building durability and storm resistance

• The MTSC is hurricane resistant and can withstand winds up to 149.5 miles per hour.


• More than 80 trees were preserved and nearly two dozen were relocated on campus during construction.

•Seventy-five percent of construction waste was reused or repurposed.

• Recycle bins are placed conveniently throughout reception and common areas.

Water conservation/ measures

• Low-flow, low-flush fixtures save an estimated 269,693 gallons of water annually, 40 percent less than a comparable building.

• “Night-sky-friendly” outdoor lighting fixtures reduce light pollution.


State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, est. 1957, is the region’s first and largest public college with 37,000 graduates. SCF’s expanded mission includes workforce baccalaureate degrees, a collegiate school and a core commitment to open access and quality education at the two-year level. SCF’s annual enrollment tops 36,000 college credit students plus 25,000 participants in professional development and enrichment classes at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice and eCampus. Classes in nursing, other health and science professions, business and early childhood education are offered at the MTSC.