LEED Platinum Apogee Stadium - LEED / Commissioning and TAB
University of North Texas
Located on a former golf course, the new Apogee Stadium is the centerpiece of Mean Green Village, the main athletic complex at UNT. As the commissioning authority (CxA) for the stadium, Henneman Engineering was responsible for the planning and execution of commissioning activities. The University elected to implement the fundamental and enhanced commissioning process in conjunction with the project’s LEED objectives. In addition, UNT instructed Henneman to integrate testing, adjusting, and balancing (TAB) activities into the comprehensive commissioning scope of work.
The seating capacity of the stadium is 31,000 with provisions to expand to 50,000 maximum in the future. The open-air facility will primarily be used for football games, but can be utilized to host other university and community activities.
The United States Green Building Council awarded the Apogee Stadium the highest level of LEED certification, making it the first newly constructed collegiate football stadium in the nation to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The project was planned originally to achieve a LEED Gold certification at a minimum with the potential to reach LEED Platinum if certain project elements could be integrated within the schedule and budget parameters established by the Owner. One challenging aspect was facilitating the team collaboration to establish clear goals and objectives for system performance in conjunction with the LEED initiatives. The entire team was focused on achieving sustainable results without sacrificing functionality, quality, performance, or durability. As the CxA, Henneman had many opportunities to offer constructive critique to the design team, provide supportive advice to the University, and facilitate open thinking in the areas of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and energy systems design and implementation.
Using a $2 million grant from the State Energy Conservation Office, UNT is installing three 100 kW wind turbines that will feed the electrical grid that powers the stadium, making Apogee the first collegiate stadium designed to incorporate onsite renewable wind energy.
The University used Henneman as a trusted advisor throughout the design and construction phases to ensure that the planning and selection of MEP equipment was technically robust, fundamentally sound, and operationally energy efficient.