The University of Evansville is a local leader in the green building movement: The university’s facilities have embraced Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class buildings strategies and practices to conserve energy and water, reduce waste, and create healthier spaces for people and the surrounding environment.
Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building & Ridgway University Center
As part of UE’s mission to provide a sustainable campus, the university has been working to create spaces that are as environmentally responsible as they are functional. And when Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building and Ridgway University Center were constructed, they were designed to incorporate many energy saving and sustainable features.
- Natural daylighting
- Low-emitting materials
- Water efficient landscaping
- Low-flow faucets in the bathrooms and toilets
- Storm water treatment
As a result of implementing these and other green design features, the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building achieved energy savings of 24% and water savings of 33%, as compared to conventional construction. UE’s Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building and Ridgway University Center became the first two LEED certified buildings on campus and in the city of Evansville.
The Fifth Third Bank Basketball Practice Facility
The Fifth Third Bank Basketball Practice Facility, which provides practice floors for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, was also designed with the environmental impact in mind.
The facility incorporates energy efficient lighting, heating, ventilation, and cooling systems (HVAC) systems. Recycled materials represented 27% of the material cost used to construct the practice facility, and 48% was from regional materials. It also diverted over 96% of the construction waste from landfills by recycling and salvage. The building achieved energy savings of 33% and water savings of 77%, as compared to conventional construction.
Student Housing Townhomes
The addition of student housing townhomes also showcases the UE’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The townhomes were constructed for UE seniors and juniors to enhance the experience of student living on campus. Each townhome contains six units with four bedrooms for a total of 144 beds. Each unit contains two baths, a kitchen, and a family room so students have room to cook, hang out with friends, or have their own private room for study and sleep.
Their sustainable features include:
- Minimal impact on environmentally sensitive areas
- Sustainable site
- High efficiency water fixtures
- High energy performance
- Substantial construction waste reduction
- High indoor environmental quality
The townhouses also received a LEED certification.
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