It’s not often you get to work on a project with an enthusiastic, knowledgeable client, a renowned architect, and a very resourceful contractor. IBE Consulting Engineers was retained by Claremont McKenna College (CMC), located in Claremont, CA, to design an energy-efficient building, with a mix of classrooms and office space, in which occupant comfort and energy conservation would be a priority. The goal was to provide comfort levels at 10% percentage of person dissatisfied (PPD) or less for each space and at the same time consume the least amount of energy against both California’s Title 24 requirements and ASHRAE 90.1-2007 for LEED® points.
The building has a gross area of 182,000 sq ft, and contains a basement with four levels above grade. The spaces are distributed in the following manner: