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A Sustainable Center of Discovery

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

When UT Arlington’s Engineering Research Building opened in early 2011, the University’s rise to Tier One status gained a very visual face—and an Earth-friendly one, too.

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The 234,000-square-foot nexus of exploration houses labs, classrooms, and offices for the College of Engineering and College of Science. It also was certified as a LEED Gold structure by the U.S. Green Building Council. That means from top to bottom, it’s a model for good stewardship of natural and financial resources.

Some of the building’s features include 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, and incorporated recycled materials.

“The Engineering Research Building stands for not only sustainability but also quality of life in the 21st century,” says Jean-Pierre Bardet, who was named dean of the College of Engineering in June. “Its laboratories host multidisciplinary research in which engineers and scientists join forces to address challenges in health informatics, biomaterials, medical imaging, and many other issues that will empower our society and enhance quality of life in North Texas and beyond.”

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