Science Facility Gets LEED Gold

Sept. 1, 2009
The Science and Engineering Building at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has received LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Science and Engineering Building at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has received LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The $56.1 million, 159,000-square-foot building, which opened last month for classes, is the largest facility on the campus. Its environmentally friendly features include thin-film solar panels, a heating system that recovers exhaust from laboratories, an ice-storage system that saves air-conditioning costs, high-efficiency windows, energy-efficient lighting with occupancy sensors, water-saving fixtures, and extensive use of low-chemical paints, adhesives, sealant, carpet and wood products.

University officials say the building is designed to be one-third more energy efficient than a comparable facility.

The building also includes a K-12 center with imagination stations and computer kiosks to assist teachers and to encourage elementary, middle and high school students to consider science and technical study.

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