The Young Harris College Student Recreation Center is a 61,000-sq.-ft. recreation center which includes a 4,000-sq.-ft. high-end fitness center, juice/snack bar, multi-purpose rooms, three multi-purpose courts with an NCAA tournament court, an elevated running track and a 35-foot climbing wall.  The project included 5.14 acres of sitework and a stormwater master plan.

Green Features

Young Harris College Student Recreation Center was awarded LEED Certification.

Some examples of points achieved were related to:

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

The team used low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) materials which created a healthy indoor environment. All interior materials, including carpet, resilient flooring, paint, adhesives, etc., were required to have low VOC components. The project installed devices used for monitoring carbon dioxide levels and the HVAC system was designed to have high outside air requirements/thresholds.

Materials and Resource Conservation
There was a regional focus on choosing contractors that can provide materials that are harvested, extracted and manufactured within a 500 mile radius of the site. The team also used Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-Certified wood for the gymnasium and multipurpose room floors. More than 50 percent of the wood used on the project was FSC certified.

Recycled Content Materials
A heavy focus was placed on use of materials made with a high percentage of recycled content. Of the materials that were used, more than 10 percent were recycled.

Daylighting and Energy
The project put an emphasis on windows, which provide a high level of daylighting.

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