New Green Buildings
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
- Marriott Hall
- France A Cordova Recreational Sports Center
- Herrick Labs
- Center for Student Excellence and Leadership (CSEL)
- Vawter Field Housing
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.