Sustainable Site Development
The Hillsborough Community College Southshore Campus (phase 1) is Florida’s first Community College Campus to be built in accordance with LEED standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council and achieved “gold” certification, one the highest designations recognizing sustainable design, construction and operation.
Innovative site design features for water management and the outdoor environment were integrated by a collaborative effort of Ekistics Design Studio working with the project A/E team. The campus parking lot was designed with bio-swales and a series of compartmentalized detention ponds to effectuate a treatment train effect.
The building’s water reclamation design funnels rainwater from the roof to a reservoir used for low volume irrigation and toilet flushing before discharge to the detention ponds and returned to the storage reservoir in times of low water.