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Clifford L. Jones Solar Scholars Pavilion at Messiah College

Owner: Messiah College
Location: Mechanicsburg, Pa.

In September 2008, Messiah College dedicated the open-air Clifford L. Jones Solar Scholars Pavilion, which was funded by a grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) of Central-Eastern Pennsylvania and contributions from local businesses and contractors. Gannett Fleming Architects, Inc. donated architectural services for the pavilion’s design. The structure will serve as an educational lab for Messiah College students, as well as more than 7,500 elementary school children who visit the on-campus Oakes Museum each year. The solar structure also includes four photovoltaic arrays, which will generate three kilowatts of power, enough to offset the utility usage of a computer lab in Frey Hall.

A student team within Messiah’s Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research designed and constructed the solar energy systems showcased at the pavilion in partnership with the college’s Department of Engineering. The pavilion itself is built with 100 percent sustainable resources, including a green roof, recycled materials, and regionally manufactured materials. Gannett Fleming Architects, Inc. designed the pavilion, and Wohlsen Construction Company managed the construction in partnership with the Collaboratory. The Collaboratory partners with organizations, businesses, and communities for projects that both serve disadvantaged people and care for the Earth.

Messiah College was initially chosen as one of the first six pilot colleges and universities in the state to receive a grant through the SEF, a non-profit, private organization dedicated to renewable energy, clean energy technologies, and energy conservation and education, to have solar systems installed on campus. Through the Solar Scholars™ program, SEF hopes Pennsylvania will emerge as the national leader in renewable energy generation, education, and technology by creating meaningful benefits that support the environment, economic landscape, community energy footprint, and quality of life throughout the state and beyond.