Two adjoining buildings at the University of Notre Dame have received LEED Silver certification in recognition of their sustainable design, construction and operation.
With about 185,000 total square feet, Jenkins Hall and the adjoining Nanovic Hall opened their doors to students in fall 2017.
Among the sustainable elements incorporated in the project:
•During construction, project managers eliminated and minimized construction waste and diverted 83 percent of waste from the landfill. More than 39 percent of the building material contained recycled content, and about 40 percent of the material was harvested or manufactured within 500 miles of the university.
•During daily operation, Jenkins and Nanovic Halls conserve water and use less energy and other natural resources. With low-flow faucets in bathrooms and kitchens and high-efficiency shower heads and toilets, occupants consume about 40 percent less water compared with the average amount of water consumed in standard new construction.
•Energy-efficient LED lighting is used throughout the building as well as occupancy sensors in nearly all of the offices and open workspaces to conserve energy. In addition, spaces such as classrooms, conference rooms, lounges and lobbies have lighting controls with dimming capabilities, allowing for adjustability and conservation.
•Installation of high-efficiency heating and cooling systems enables the building to consume 16 percent less energy and use no CFC-based refrigerants, which contributes to a more healthful, sustainable atmosphere. Additionally, temperature controls in offices and workstations and all multi-occupant spaces efficiently regulate heating and cooling.
Jenkins Hall is home to the Keough School of Global Affairs and its institutes: the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
Nanovic Hall is the home for the College of Arts and Letters' Departments of Economics, Political Science and Sociology, as well as the Keough School’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
The Forum, centrally situated between Jenkins and Nanovic Halls, is a space for hosting speakers and special events. It can accommodate 175 to 200 seated guests and serves as a welcoming space for international discourse.
With state-of-the art communications technology, the 1,723 square-foot Mediation Room in Jenkins Hall serves as an educational space modeled after the United Nations to train students in negotiating a peace agreement or settlement to end conflict.
The All Saints Chapel and a multifaith Prayer Room in Jenkins Hall offer students of all religious traditions space to express their faith.
The Integration Lab in Jenkins Hall enables students to engage in creating solutions for real-world problems based on design thinking concepts.
Laboratory and research spaces in Nanovic Hall are designed to encourage collaboration among faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students.