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Sidney J. Watson Arena

Sidney J. Watson Arena Receives LEED Certification

Its designers say it has the best and most energy efficient refrigeration system, dehumidification system, seating design and home team accommodations of any Division III collegiate arena.  Following is a list of some of the measures Bowdoin has taken to incorporate LEED standards into the arena.

Sustainable Sites

  • The storm water management system includes two retention ponds to remove sedimentation and debris from storm water runoff and minimize peak flow rates into the watershed.

  • The water treatment system also includes two infiltration systems that divert clean rain water from the roof into the aquifer.

  • By landscaping with indigenous plants that do not require irrigation and minimize maintenance, we conserve potable water and avoid compromising water quality.  Additionally, surfaces are designed to direct rainwater runoff toward plants and maintain plant health.

  • Preferred parking is provided for low--emission and fuel0efficient vehicles to encourage the use 9f low-emission transportation.

Water Efficiency

  • The arena restrooms and locker rooms utilize low-flow showers, faucets, toilets, and urinals, resulting is a 38 percent reduction in water use over typical fixtures.

Energy & Atmosphere

  • The building mechanical systems use less energy to provide a comfortable environment through building envelope design, heat recovery systems, and dehumidification systems.

  • The refrigeration system uses an infrared camera to accurately measure the ice temperature.

  • The control systems efficiently match the equipment capacity to the demand for cooling the ice slab.

  • The reflectivity of the roof material minimizes the "heat island effect" preventing localized temperature increases and reducing building cooling loads.

  • Thirty-five percent of the buildings electricity is offset by the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).  The RECs are procured from a certified low-hydro facility located 8 miles up the Androscoggin River from Bowdoin's campus.

Materials & Resources

  • Waste was reduced by diverting 82 percent of construction debris for reuse and recycling versus utilizing landfill space.

  • Thirty percent of the building products include pre-and post-consumer recycled material, including the structural steel, rebar, glass, translucent panels, and drywall.

  • Forty percent of building materials came from with 500 miles, reducing emissions from transportation while supporting the local economy.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • All adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings and carpet systems used are low-volatile organic compounds.

  • After construction a flush-out was conducted for 15 days to remove any remaining air quality effects from building construction.


For more information visit our Sidney J. Watson LEED Poster.