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Eastern Michigan University’s New Science Center Reaches for LEED Silver

Posted By Evelyn Lee On February 23, 2011 @ 5:40 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment

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Eastern Michigan University [1] just unveiled a $90 million, energy-efficient addition and renovation to their Mark Jefferson Science Building. Designed by Lord, Aeck, & Sargent [2], the addition is pursuing LEED silver certification and features a spherical planetarium/classroom, a new five-story building, a green roof, and a rain garden.

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Phase 1 of the ambitious project involves an 80,000-square-foot building that was completed this past December. The addition includes new classrooms, labs and faculty offices for biology, chemistry, geography and geology, physics and astronomy, and psychology departments. Phase 2 includes a complete renovation of the existing 180,000-square-foot 1969 building, which is targeted for completion in August 2012.

Associate Dean Wade Tornquist of EMU [1]’s College of Arts & Sciences stated his enthusiasm regarding the new facilities: “Our existing science facilities were designed in an era when EMU [1]’s mission was primarily teaching, but today we need science facilities that will help us mentor large numbers of undergraduate and graduate research students.”

The new EMU [1] Science Complex’s strongest green building benefit is the reduction of energy use thanks to its dedicated outdoor air system, radiant cooling, and dual energy recovery system.

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All photos © Curt Clayton 2011


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[1] Eastern Michigan University: http://www.emich.edu/sciencecomplex/

[2] Lord, Aeck, & Sargent: http://www.lordaecksargent.com/

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