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This tour is designed to provide the attendee an understanding of some of the sustainable design features implemented on the Oberlin College and Conservatory campus. We will visit the Adam J. Lewis Center, The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building, Robert A. Kahn Hall and the Williams Field House. The tour will allow the attendee to experience new and old sustainable building materials and systems, along with observing the many ways the College has implemented sustainable strategies over time the impact of having established LEED Silver as the minimum standard for new buildings on campus.
The tour will be conducted by Steven Varelmann, College Architect. The objectives of the tour are: 1) Building Design – The attendee would be able to understand the significance of Building Orientation and how it relates to energy (i.e. passive heating), day-lighting and views. The presenter will provide a discussion on how each architect positioned their building on their respective sites to accomplish these goals. 2) Energy Efficiency – The presenter will describe the energy efficiencies utilized in groundbreaking Adam J. Lewis Center the Robert A Kahn Hall. The attendee will be able to observe the 3,700 square feet of photovoltaic cells that allow the A. J. Lewis Center to function as a net energy producer for portions of the year. 3) Material and Systems – Observe the impact that the hidden acoustical needs of the Kohl Building had on the building design. The attendee would be able to discuss the design of the complex wall systems and the life cycle cost decisions that were explored that will result in less energy consumption; as well as demonstrate how codes, regulations, controls, life safety and the needs of the unique program impacted these decisions on the design. 4) Site Design – The attendee will examine the methods and materials used by the designers to contain storm water on site. They will be able to see how the design of the A. J. Lewis Center took into consideration the use of gray water produced by a Living Machine that also keeps the Center’s water needs to a minimum.
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Adam J. Lewis Center
Just north of I-80, between Toledo and Cleveland, is an unexpected educational facility that is setting a shining example of sustainable building for ecological and human health. Completed in 2000, the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies is an ongoing green build experiment, as its energy performance is studied and adjusted as green technologies continue to evolve. It just goes to show that you don’t have to live in sunny California in order to efficiently harvest solar power.
Departure from AIA Akron Office
Everyone will meet at the AIA Akron Office, 2841 Riviera Drive. Park in the lot next to the AIA Office building (not in the parking lot associated with the offices).
Everyone should be at the AIA office parking lot no later than 7:15 AM to depart no later than 7:30 AM. We will be returning to the AIA office 12 noon. Lunch is on your own.
Upon arriving at the college, we will meet at the Adam J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, 122 Elm Street, Oberlin, OH, 44074.
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How to Get to Oberlin
Oberlin College is close to several interstate highways, including I-80 (the Ohio Turnpike), I-480, and I-90. The college is located in Northeast Ohio at the junction of state routes 58 and 511. Please use these driving directions to the Carnegie Building, 173 W. Lorain St., which houses several administrative offices including admissions. Use these directions in conjunction with a map.
Driving from the East
I-80 (Ohio Turnpike): Travel west to exit 140 (Amherst/ Oberlin interchange). Go south for six miles on Ohio Route 58 to Lorain Street (Ohio Route 511). Turn right on West Lorain Street. At the next intersection, turn right on North Professor Street. The Carnegie Building is on your right.
I-90: Travel west and exit at Ohio Route 2 west. Exit at Ohio Route 58 in Amherst and follow the directions above.
I-480 (from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and points east of Oberlin): Follow I-480 west as it becomes Ohio Route 10 west toward Norwalk as it becomes Ohio Route 20 west. Take ramp right for Ohio Route 511 toward Oberlin. The Oberlin exit, Ohio Route 511 west, is also Lorain Street. One block after passing the intersection of Ohio Route 58, turn right onto North Professor Street. The Carnegie Building will be on your right.
Driving from the South
Travel on I-71 north to I-80 west (Ohio Turnpike). Take exit 140 (Amherst/Oberlin interchange) and go south for eight miles on Ohio Route 58 into Oberlin. At the intersection of Ohio Route 58 and Lorain Street (Ohio Route 511), turn right on West Lorain Street. At the next intersection, turn right on North Professor Street. The Carnegie Building is on your right.
Alternate routes: Take I-71 north to exit 196 (toward West Salem). Go north on Ohio Route 301 to Ohio Route 303. Go west on 303 to Ohio Route 58. Take 58 north into Oberlin. You also can follow I-71 north to exit 186 (toward Ashland). Go east on U.S. Route 250 to Ohio Route 89. Go north on Ohio Route 89 to Ohio Route 58. Go north on Ohio Route 58 into Oberlin. Turn west (left) at the intersection onto West Lorain Street. At the next intersection, turn right on North Professor Street. The Carnegie Building is on your right.
Driving from the West
Take I-80 (Ohio Turnpike) east to exit 140 (Amherst/Oberlin interchange). Go south for eight miles on Ohio Route 58 into Oberlin. At the intersection of 58 and Lorain Street (Ohio Route 511), turn right on West Lorain Street. At the next intersection, turn right on North Professor Street. The Carnegie Building is on your right.