Administration – Conservation Resource Center (CRC)

The Conservation Resource Center (CRC) opened at Utah’s Hogle Zoo in July of 2012. It is the second building on Zoo grounds to receive a Gold LEED certification rating.

Green by Design

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Zoo staff made a commitment at the outset of this project to build an earth-friendly administration center that was consistent with the Zoo’s mission of conservation. As an institution, we are always striving to become more sustainable.CRC2

Located near the south entry of the Zoo, the 10,700 square foot CRC provides support space for the Zoo’s administrative staff through offices, storage and meeting spaces. The building continues the Zoo’s leadership in environmental and energy design in the community.

Built to LEED standards, this new building allowed expansion of the Zoo’s animal exhibits – where staff offices were formerly located – and provided a central working location for previously separated departments. The innovative design saves money for the Zoo, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and contributes to a healthier environment for staff, wildlife and the larger community.

Green features of the building include:

  • Integrated design team / innovative design – the architect, contractor, and Zoo staff worked together from the start
  • Shading strategies and appropriate building orientation
  • Elimination of storm water runoff
  • Reduction in the heat island effect through high reflectance shingles and metal roofing panels
  • CRC1Light pollution reduction elements
  • Water-efficient plumbing elements
  • Energy efficient heating and cooling systems
  • High performance thermal envelope with spray-foam insulation and low heat-gain glazing
  • Use of appropriate daylighting / operable windows and energy efficient artificial lighting with automatic sensor controls
  • Use of renewable energy (photovoltaic solar power)
  • Diversion construction waste from landfills to recycling centers
  • Use of high recycled-content materials – recycled roadbase, gravel, metal studs, steel decking, structural steel, metal fencing, suspended ceiling tiles, aluminum windows and metal overhead doors
  • Use of low VOC products – adhesives, sealants, paints, carpet, composite wood and agri-fiber materials
  • Purchasing of Green Power blocks from the local utility companyCRC3
  • Fuel efficient vehicles for staff use on Zoo grounds
  • Use of local and regional materials whenever possible – with a 500 mile radius
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • Green cleaning plan
  • Preferred parking spaces for alternative fuel vehicles and carpoolers
  • Showers / bike lockers to encourage no-fuel commuting

Measurable Results

  • Energy use was reduced by 56% through conservation measures
  • 33% of power requirements supplied by onsite photovoltaics (85 roof-mounted solar panels.
  • 110% of power requirements supplied by clean grid-based power (Green Power Blocks)
  • 22% of building materials contain recycled content
  • 20% reduction of water use in flush fixtures
  • 31% reduction in potable water usage across all fixtures
  • 100% capture and treatment of stormwater run-off in an on-site water detention and percolation facility
  • 34% of materials were manufactured and sourced within 500 miles
  • 99.4% of construction waste diverted from landfills!

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System®, established by the United States Green Building Council, is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. It emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design process.