Carriage House Children’s Center
The four-story 40,000 square foot Wightman School houses the Carriage House
Children’s Center (CHCC). Originally built in 1896, it is listed in the
National Registry of Historic Places. The renovation of the CHCC 10,000 square
foot childcare facility has received a LEED-EB* Gold Certification. See photos of the Official Building Plaque and the Design Team in left column, bottom.
The project was also selected by the editorial advisory board of Real Estate & Construction Review as a Green Building of America Award-winning project and is featured in the 2009 edition of Real Estate & Construction Review’s Midwest Green Success Stories.
All of the classrooms with available natural light have been fitted with a
daylight harvesting system. Daylight sensors automatically control the lighting.
All of the luminaires are fitted with full range fluorescent dimming ballasts
and automatically adjust to maintain a constant level of illumination in the
space based upon the available outdoor light.
The interior playroom space does not have any natural light. In order to provide
an environment which would not be constant throughout the day a sophisticated
lighting control system was specified. All of the luminaires are dimmable with
the exception of the track mounted metal halide heads which were used to provide
additional brightness during the brightest part of the day. The control system
is programmed to mimic the outside lighting conditions. Dim lighting comes on
in the early morning then slowly ramps up to its mid-day peak and then slowly
ramps down to a pleasant evening level.
All exterior luminaires are controlled by either a photocell or an astronomic
time clock and are dark sky compatible. All lamps have the lowest mercury content
in the industry.
The gymnasium is located on the fourth floor. It is very much a
multi-purpose space and is used for dances, daycare, rummage sales, theater,
etc. The indirect full range dimmable fluorescent lighting system provides the
perfect lighting for any event. The gymnasium was highlighted in the made-for-TV
movie The Temptations. CCHC was also featured in the November-December 2009 issue of Design Cost Data (DCD).
*LEED: The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Awards for further information.