Situated on the SAP Newton Square Campus, the four-story building received the maximum number of LEED points in the water efficiency and innovation and design process categories, thanks in part to systems engineered by WSP USA. Our team designed a state-of-the-art water management system that will allow SAP to save over one million gallons of water per year. As part of this system, rainwater is collected in a 50,000 gallon cistern that supplies water for landscape irrigation and the flushing of toilets in some of the building’s bathrooms. Low-flow water fixtures help further reduce the facility’s water usage.
Initial estimates show that the new building is one-third more energy efficient compared to conventional buildings, thanks to intelligent design features. The building’s sensor system is integrated with exterior shading devices that automatically adjust the lighting and help control the temperature in the facility. A hybrid air conditioning system produces ice to cool the building during the overnight hours when energy demands and electric rates are the lowest. Floor-to-ceiling glass exteriors and a green roof, planted with native and regional vegetation, integrate the office with its surrounding natural environment and create an exceptional work environment. The building also uses geothermal wells.