ARLINGTON - UT Arlington’s new Engineering
Research Building has been certified as a LEED Gold structure
by the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of the University’s
successful incorporation of sustainable building practices into the
The Engineering Research
Building opened in January and provides state-of-the-art, collaborative
laboratory and teaching space for faculty and students from the College of Engineering and the College of Science. The building houses the
departments of Computer Science and
Engineering and Bioengineering,
but also includes space for research teams representing diverse academic
Gold achievement reinforces the
University's role as a model for good stewardship of natural and financial
resources, UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said.
Arlington's Engineering Research Building is a tangible example of our
University's long-standing commitment to sustainability," Spaniolo
said. "The building's environmentally sensitive design and
energy-saving features are fitting complements to the cutting-edge science and
engineering research taking place inside."
The expansive building was designed by the Dallas division of PageSoutherlandPage, in association with ZGF Architects LLP, both nationally recognized architecture firms with expertise in LEED standards. It anchors
the Mike and Janet Greene Engineering Research Quadrangle, named this spring
for the retired vice chairman of Energy Future Holdings, and his wife. Greene,
who holds a mechanical engineering degree from UT Arlington, serves on the
University’s Development Board.
In granting the certification,
the Green Building Council cited numerous energy-saving features, such as multiple
green and light-reflecting roofs, windows designed to make efficient use of
available light, rain and condensate water capture and storage systems for
landscaping and irrigation use and incorporated recycled materials.
Some of the key savings the
building achieved by following LEED guidelines are:
- Nearly 4,597 tons, or almost 82 percent, of
on-site generated construction waste diverted from landfills.
- About 28 percent of total building materials were
manufactured using recycled materials.
- A 14.7 percent energy cost savings was achieved
through the use of features such as occupancy sensors, reduced exterior lighting
power and shading devices.
- Potable water use cut almost in half from
traditional designs through the installation of low-flow water fixtures in sinks,
restrooms and elsewhere throughout the building.
John Hall, vice president for
administration and campus operations, views the LEED Gold certification as a
milestone in campus development at UT Arlington.
“The lessons learned during this
project provide a foundation from which we will shape other projects, including
the new College Park Center,” Hall said.
College Park Center, the
University’s 6,500-seat, 218,000-square-foot special events center, also is designed
to meet LEED Gold standards. The center is expected to be complete later this
year and will anchor the College Park District, which includes a mixed-use
residential and retail center that also incorporates energy-saving features.
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building
certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and
operation of green buildings.
Visit www.usgbc.org for more information.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a
comprehensive research institution of 33,800 students in the heart of North
Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
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