Any modification, alteration, or addition to the physical structure of a Berea College owned or leased facility, regardless of the funding source, must be approved by Facilities Management. Below you will find major and minor project examples and instructions for your renovation or new construction project.
Major Project Examples
- Additions to buildings
- New construction
- Major building/system repairs
- Renovations (classroom, office, lecture halls, laboratories, public use areas)
- Building exterior
Minor Project Examples
- Add or relocate electrical/data outlets
- Install whiteboard
- Minor renovations
- Paint walls out of normal cycle
- Replace carpets out of normal cycle
- Flooring repairs
Before Proceeding with a Renovation or New Construction Project
- Obtain concept approval and discuss funding options with your Vice President.
- If your renovation will change the size or function of a space, you must obtain approval from Facilities Management prior to submitting your Work Request.
- If the project affects the civic structure or public spaces of the college, your request must be reviewed by Facilities Management.
The Kettering Residence Hall project will be the College’s sixth residence hall renovation or constructed since 2012. Designed with input from the Student Life Staff and student volunteers, the new Kettering Residence Hall will consist of a four-story building, including a lower level patio. Housing for 174 students, the 47,280 square foot hall will have two wings, communal restrooms, study spaces on each floor. Laundry facilities will be on the lower level and third floor. The center “core” of the building will consist of public study and lounge spaces, coffee bars and a walkout basement providing flexible and innovative spaces intended to foster social responsibility, social interaction, interracial living, academic pursuits, spiritual growth, and individual development.
Pursuing LEED Certification, the project goals include “Indoor Environmental Quality” strategies to enhance indoor air quality performance, thermal comfort and lighting controllability, daylighting, quality views and acoustic performance.
Behind the Indoor EQ Design Intent
The Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) category rewards decisions made by project teams about indoor air quality and thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort. Green buildings with good indoor environmental quality protect the health and comfort of building occupants. High-quality indoor environments also enhance productivity, decrease absenteeism, improve the building’s value, and reduce liability for building designers and owners. This category addresses the myriad design strategies and environmental factors—air quality, lighting quality, acoustic design, control over one’s surroundings—that influence the way people learn, work, and live.
The relationship between the indoor environment and the health and comfort of building occupants is complex and still not fully understood. Local customs and expectations, occupants’ activities, and the building’s site, design, and construction are just a few of the variables that make it difficult to quantify and measure the direct effect of a building on its occupants. Therefore, the EQ section balances the need for prescriptive measures with more performance-oriented credit requirements. For example, source control is addressed first, in a prerequisite, and a later credit then specifies an indoor air quality assessment to measure the actual outcome of those strategies.
The EQ category combines traditional approaches, such as ventilation and thermal control, with emerging design strategies, including a holistic, emissions-based approach (Low-Emitting Materials credit), source control and monitoring for user-determined contaminants (Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies credit), requirements for lighting quality (Interior Lighting credit), and advanced lighting metrics (Daylight credit). A new credit covering acoustics is now available for all projects using a BD+C rating system. (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design – Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction LEED v4)