The new 50,000 square foot building was designed with several features to decrease its ecological impact. To cut down on electricity consumption, state-of-the-art lighting was installed. Working in conjunction with 3 different types of skylights, the largest being 24-by-180 feet, and computerized light detecting sensors, they were able to reduce their power consumption by 66%. One of the skylights magnifies the sunlight, another insulates and diffuses light, while the third uses mirrors to reflect the suns rays into the building. The computerized sensors automatically adjust artificial lights when needed, maintaining a constant light level.
Another environmental concern was the rain water that would be running off a 70,000 square foot roof and also the parking lot. Two detention ponds were built for a natural “bio-filtration” system to handle this run-off. Instead of oil and phosphate residue running into the nearby streams, the water run off is filtered naturally.