An academic building on Utah State University’s new Brigham City campus has received LEED Gold certification for its sustainable design and construction.
The $15 million, 50,000 square-foot Classroom & Student Services Building opened in 2015 and has been designed to be the anchor of the 48-acre campus. It contains broadcast-enabled classrooms, an auditorium, a multipurpose room, and offices for faculty and staff. It will serve the education needs of Brigham City and the surrounding region.
The university’s extended plans for the new campus include a regional research and development complex, and additional classroom and laboratory buildings.
Among the sustainable elements incorporated into the facility:
- Use of local resources: About 44 percent of the building’s materials were extracted, harvested or manufactured within 500 miles, supporting the local economy and reducing transportation costs and impacts.
- Water conservation: The building’s fixtures use about 46 percent less water than traditional fixtures.
- Energy conservation: The building is estimated to save about 46 percent on energy costs.
“This new USU building in Brigham City is not only beautiful, it is also very functional and usable,” says USU-Brigham City Dean Tom Lee. “It is exciting that the building is also so efficient in energy and water use. In the first six months of use, it has elevated the educational experience for our students, faculty and staff.”
The building is one of 10 LEED buildings in the USU system.
“USU is committed to providing the best education we can while simultaneously strengthening communities,” says Alexi Lamm, USU’s sustainability coordinator. Considering the impact of our buildings on the environment and community health is one way the university ensures current and future Aggies enjoy the beauty of Utah.”