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The Santa Fe Community College's green building cost a few million dollars less than traditional construction and will save the college money over time from better water- and energy-efficiency. One way that the architect saved on costs was by having all the mechanical systems totally exposed. That also allows students to see how the building's actual mechanical systems look and operate. One side effect of exposing everything is that contractors took great pains to do clean, well-designed work.
November 7, 2011 5:57 AM PST
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