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The Lynn W. Williams Science & Technology Lodge

The Lynn W. Williams Science & Technology Lodge is a unique alternative facility for off-site corporate or group meetings, large family gatherings, birthday parties or other special occassions. The auditorium/multipurpose room has capacity for 100 guests for a buffet or cocktail party setting, and 60 guests for a seated dinner. Amenities include a full commercial kitchen, breakout room/science lab and overnight accomodations. For more information on facility rental for non-troop events, contact Bernice Chandler at bchandler@cbgsc.org or
302-456-7174.

 

As Delaware's first Platinum LEED-Certified building, the Lynn W. Williams Science & Technology Lodge provides an educational experience in green technology and construction as well as the functionality of an environmentally sustainable building. The lodge is a dynamic teaching and conference center that not only delivers cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs to Girl Scouts, but also offers flexible meeting space for public and private organizations. It delivers STEM programming often through creative partnerships with companies such as DuPont, in which female engineers and scientists serve as teachers. Because the 5,000-square-foot building was designed to be educational, it features signage throughout that describes sustainable design features of the lodge. Resource consumption and production is carefully tracked through displays that include a water meter board and a computer screen that shows electricity production by the PV array.  Building tours were a regular occurrence during construction, and will continue to be so for many years to help teach others about ways in which one can build “green” and sustainable structures.

         
left side of building
front entrance
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Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED rating system is an internationally recognized green building certification system that verifies that a facility was designed and built to improve performance across critical impact metrics, such as:  energy savings; water efficiency; CO2 emissions reduction; improved indoor environmental quality; stewardship of resources; and sensitivity to the impact
of resources on the environment. The Science & Technology Lodge was designed by the Philadelphia-based firm ReVision Architecture
and built by Wilmington-based SC&A Construction. The Lodge has over two dozen energy efficient and environmentally sensitive features:

  1. Designed to operate 50 percent more efficiently than a standard code compliant base building.

  2. Engineered to reduce carbon dioxide emissions roughly equal to a passenger car traveling 40,000 miles per year, through the action of a 12 kilowatt array of photovoltaic (PV) roof panels.

  3. Reduces water usage by 40 percent, due in part to “dual flush” toilets, which use less water for liquids and more for solids, and through automatically timed showers and faucets.

  4. Produces hot water for faucets and showers via solar thermal panels.

  5. Modulates lighting through a daylight harvesting system, which adjusts light brightness according to the level of ambient sunlight.

  6. Utilizes “dual flush” toilets, which use less water for liquids and more for solids.

  7. Reduces pollution in part through interior paints, coatings, sealants, and adhesives made with low Volatile Organic Compounds
    and through the incorporation of a green cleaning plan.

  8. Maximizes energy conservation through highly insulated roof panels and soy-based spray foam in walls and floors that provides high thermal resistance and minimizes air infiltration, among other approaches.

 
 
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