Extended Campuses Building

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This facility houses the Extended Campuses student service center, its statewide advising center, its programming department, and NAU TV Services in a 23,000-square-foot building.

This building uses about 43 percent less energy than a typical building of the same size from the use of:

  • passive ventilation
  • solar-preheating of outside air
  • an active chilled beams heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system


  • This new facility connects to the existing Communication building through a new atrium that will also be the main entry for the Extended Campuses program.
  • The building is open to natural light, creating an airy social and collegial space.
  • A reflective roofing system and light-colored paving lessen the heat island effect.
  • Showers are located on the second floor.
  • Light trespass is minimized from the building and from the site to meet the Flagstaff Dark Sky criteria.
  • The west side of the building has a vegetative solar screen.
  • Interior materials – glues, sealants, paints, carpet, and wood – do not emit toxic fumes.
  • Over 90 percent of interior spaces have views to the exterior of the building.

Achieving LEED Gold

Energy efficiency

  • The HVAC system introduces an active chilled beam heating and cooling system, which produces significant energy savings and operates more quietly than traditional systems.
  • Window glazing systems provide optimum shading while allowing for effective day lighting.
  • The building enclosure was developed to meet energy conservation goals.
  • Occupancy sensors are installed to assist with lighting and energy conservation.
  • Air filtering systems meet LEED standards.

Construction and reduced building impact

  • 60 percent of wood used in the project was grown and harvested in sustainably-managed forests.
  • The building is an infill project located in a previously developed portion of campus.
  • Recycled cotton batt (blue jeans) was used for insulation.
  • 91 percent of demolition debris was recycled.
  • 50 percent energy cost savings.

Water efficiency

  • The building contains low-flow plumbing and lavatory fixtures.
  • Reclaimed water is being utilized for landscape irrigation and non-potable lavatory needs.
  • 85 percent water use reduction.
  • Passive water harvesting is used on the site.