The Erma Byrd Center for Public Higher Education in Beaver, W. Va., is the first building of its kind in the state. The center provides students the convenience of taking college classes offered by six different colleges and universities in a single location.
Through technology, the building itself becomes an educational tool. Students are able to monitor COST PER SQ FT$227.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio building’s systems and controls through Web-based software, learning how the system functions, and how climate and building design affect performance. A wind turbine and photovoltaic panels on site assist in reducing overall utility costs. Students see firsthand the benefits of using an alternative energy source.
The higher-education facility sets a new standard for the learning environment and energy efficiency. The building is designed to maximize natural light and has sensors throughout that control the artificial light level by measuring the light that is present in the space.
The Erma Byrd Center is a high-tech facility and the first building on what will become a complete campus for public higher education.