The renovation of the Engineering Building added 18,000
square feet to the 70,000 square feet of the original building constructed in
Engineering was originally designed to earn a Silver LEED
rating. With the use of reclaimed water for all facility landscaping and in
waste conveyance as well as the use of strategic and natural lighting to lower
electrical use, Engineering earned a higher Gold rating. It earned 40 out of
the 69 total points for its LEED certification.
The Engineering building houses classrooms, a teaching
auditorium that can hold 90 students, over a dozen student computer labs, and
the Sustainable Energy Systems research lab.
- Lighting features of the building include
energy-saving exit signs.
- Cooling fans with variable speed adjust as
needed by season and time of day to save energy.
- Central corridor restrooms use reclaimed water
and waterless urinals in the men’s rooms. Partitions are made of recycled
- Mechanical rooms with glass windows serve as
learning opportunities for students in engineering and construction management
- Alcoves on the second and third floor provide
places for study or discussion with professors continuing after class. All are
equipped with portable white boards for calculations and illustrations.
Achieving LEED Gold Certification
- Motion detectors turn lights on and off.
- Natural lighting saves energy and improves
- The number of exterior windows significantly
lowers electrical use.
- T-8 Ballastas lighting save 70 percent on
- Office transom windows bringing natural daylight
to the interior offices and enhance hallway lighting.
- Hot and chilled water supplied by a central
- Air is chilled by the wet walls located in the
air handlers throughout the building.
- Low emissivity roofing, from a recycled single
ply material, reduces the “heat island” effect.
Reduced building impact
- Over 70 percent of all demolition and
construction waste was recycled during the project.
- Heating and cooling represents about 60 percent
of the energy costs of the building.
- This green building reduces energy and water
consumption as much as 40 percent compared to a conventional building of
similar size and use.
- Irrigation utilizes reclaimed water and is
dispersed through a drip system.
- Landscaping reduced potable water consumption by
more than 50 percent.
- Use of reclaimed water in waste conveyance
decreased overall potable water consumption by more than 90 percent.
- State-of-the-art multimedia facilities in every
- Two rooms have video conferencing equipment.