Scheduled to open in the fall of 2011, the 180,000-square-foot building will house 600 additional construction seats and provide space for thousands more students studying in related programs. The uniquely green, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified building will also be a showcase and teaching laboratory for best practices in sustainable construction.
The new facility will feature a storm water recovery system that will capture rainwater to flush toilets; solar panels to provide some power and hot water; and a Biowall, a four-storey living, green wall covered with plants, that helps control humidity and clean the air.
The design will have a significantly upgraded building envelope, which will include R30 insulated walls, triple glazed windows and a R50 insulated roof. This upgraded building insulation will considerably exceed building code requirements and conserve energy by reducing heating and air conditioning needs.
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