Green Buildings

Purdue University is working to create healthy, energy efficient, and beautifully designed buildings, ensuring that its interior gathering places, classrooms, and research spaces are as environmentally responsible as they are functional. High-performance buildings, LEED certification, and sustainable new construction are just some of the ways Purdue is addressing its green building goals.


Leed For New Construction

In line with the "living laboratory" approach outlined in Purdue's Sustainability Strategic Plan, we are always exploring ways to ensure that our campus buildings embody sustainable living and encourage green learning.

Therefore, securing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications for both new and existing buildings is one of our top priorities. Issued by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. It addresses the entire life cycle of a building, such as commuting practices to/from a building, energy efficiency and temperature management, waste management and recycling processes, ventilation, and greenery.

Some of the latest additions to Purdue's landscape are either LEED-certified or are currently in the application process. These include:

  • Roger B. Gatewood Wing of Mechanical Engineering - LEED Gold
  • Marriott Hall - LEED Gold
  • France A Cordova Recreational Sports Center - LEED Gold
  • Herrick Labs - LEED Gold
  • Center for Student Excellence and Leadership (CSEL) - LEED Gold
  • Vawter Field Housing - LEED Silver

In particular, the $34.5 million state-of-the-art Roger B. Gatewood Wing Addition to the Mechanical Engineering building opened in the fall of 2011 and is the first LEED-certified facility on campus, with a Gold rating. The wing adds 41,000 assignable square feet to the Mechanical Engineering Building, including flexible classroom space, student commons, computer labs, student learning labs, and research labs. The construction was possible because of the generous gift from Roger Gatewood, who is a 1968 graduate of the Purdue School of Mechanical Engineering. The Wing also includes the Caterpillar Product Engineering and Realization Laboratory (PEARL).

Also, the $13 million Marriott Hall, housing the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, is the second Purdue building to receive LEED Gold certification. The 40,000-square-foot Marriott Hall houses a 95-seat demonstration classroom, restaurants, classrooms and conference areas, a career center, and student services ceñnter. It also boasts a pervious concrete parking lot produced from natural resources, which is able to drain water runoff effectively and is very durable.


LEED In High Performance Buildings at Purdue

More than 180 buildings comprise Purdue University’s main campus, which is continually evolving according to the needs of the campus community. As these buildings consume the majority of energy on campus, lighting our workspaces, powering our labs, and maintaining a comfortable and healthy environment, it is in the University’s interest to meet the needs of its community efficiently, economically and sustainably.

In June of 2008, the Governor of Indiana issued Executive Order 08-14, which established that all state buildings constructed or renovated shall be designed to achieve the maximum energy efficiency possible while remaining cost effective over the building life cycle.

In April of 2010, Purdue completed its Sustainability Strategic Plan, establishing goals to improve its stewardship of the environment through efficient energy use and management. Nationally recognized building rating systems have ranked the University as a leader in this area, based on the methods used in nine recent and current construction projects.

Project

Rating

System

Points

Achieved

Points

Anticipated*

Certification

Level

Target

Construction Level

Roger B. Gatewood

Mechanical Engineering Addition

LEED-NC

v2.2

43/69

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Gold

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Marriott Hall

LEED-NC

v2.2

40/69

----

Gold

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France A. Córdova

Recreational Sports Center

LEED-NC

v2.2

39/69

37/69

Gold

Silver

Herrick Laboratories Expansion

LEED-NC

v2009

72/110

50/110

Gold

Gold

Krach Leadership Center

LEED-NC

v2009

----

58/110

----

Silver

Third Street Suites

LEED-NC

v2009

----

60/110

----

Silver

Bindley Bioscience Expansion

Green Globes

----

611/926

Two Globes

Three Globes

Drug Discovery

Green Globes

----

576/927

Three Globes

Three Globes

Lyles-Porter Hall

Green Globes

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587/913

Three Globes

Three Globes

Not only have these projects brought public recognition and certifications to the university, they have also provided the architects, engineers, and community members with excellent experience. They are now ready to take their knowledge and goals to the next level, as stakeholders ask, “How much farther towards high performance buildings can Purdue go?”

The Office of Sustainability is leading efforts not only to examine sustainability achievements within Purdue’s recent projects, but also to evaluate peer and industry best practices. This information will help create a business case for increased levels of building performance across all significant building projects at Purdue. The Office will collaborate with Physical and Capital Planning, Project Management and Construction, and Energy and Engineering Systems to integrate these new guidelines into future buildings projects this fall.

By institutionalizing high-performance building recommendations, the Office of Sustainability anticipates that energy savings for all future projects can be about 15 percent higher than the amounts required by state energy code. Doing so will save energy and money and will help advance the University’s environmental goals.