Millersville University: Net Zero Welcome Center

Project Description

Millersville’s new Welcome Center is designed to achieve Net Zero, meaning that energy consumed by building occupants is less than or equal to energy created on site. The first of its kind on campus, the building will demonstrate Millersville’s commitment to sustainability.

Project Details

  • Client Millersville University
  • Location Millersville, PA View map
  • Sq. ft. 13,600
  • Completed 2017

In December 2014, Millersville University selected Spillman Farmer Architects (SFA) to design its new Welcome Center adjacent to the University’s new residence halls. The building’s purpose is to provide a welcoming entry to campus for visitors and prospective students. Importantly, the new Welcome Center will also be designed to achieve Net Zero, meaning that energy consumed by building occupants is less than or equal to energy created on site. The first of its kind on campus, the building…

In December 2014, Millersville University selected Spillman Farmer Architects (SFA) to design its new Welcome Center adjacent to the University’s new residence halls. The building’s purpose is to provide a welcoming entry to campus for visitors and prospective students. Importantly, the new Welcome Center will also be designed to achieve Net Zero, meaning that energy consumed by building occupants is less than or equal to energy created on site. The first of its kind on campus, the building will demonstrate Millersville’s commitment to sustainability.

The Welcome Center will house Millersville’s Admissions Department, Marketing and University Relations, Sustainability Offices, and Housing Offices. A main lobby will act as a pass-through and engagement area for students, prospective students, and visitors. A presentation room, to be used for prospective students and alumni, will double as a classroom for local elementary and middle school students to visit and learn about sustainability in a Net Zero building.

One of the most important considerations for any welcome center is its visibility, meaning that the building and its signage are both noticeable and prominent – particularly to new visitors to the building or campus. A welcome center is often a large part of a prospective student’s (or faculty member’s) first impression of the campus. It is essential that building must be easy to find and navigate; the signage plays a large part in ensuring these criteria are met.

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