CAMPUS NEWS

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Rose-Hulman has taken a bold step toward sustainability with a new residence hall full of energy-efficient amenities, while also meeting the growing demand for campus housing.
  The 240-bed, 75,000-square-foot Lakeside Hall on the west edge of campus is the first LEED Silver-certified building on campus. It reflects the institute's commitment to sustainability and defines standards the school will implement on future projects. Rose- Hulman signed the American Colleges and Universities Presidents' Climate Commitment and pledges that all future major building projects will meet LEED standards.
  "As an institution, our President and Board of Trustees have made a true commitment to sustainability," says Jacob Campbell, Manager of Environmental Health and Safety and coordinator for campus sustainability activities.
  Natural daylight is a central feature of the new hall's design. It was constructed
on an east/west axis to maximize southern exposure and natural ventilation. There are two wings that extend out at slight angles from a glass-enclosed center corridor. The building's northern-facing stairwell also is a wall of glass, and every apartment- or suite-style room has large operable windows. Other energy-efficient features are:
  • Online energy consumption monitoring system
  • Individual room thermostatic controls
  • Room occupancy lighting sensors
  • Directly focused room lighting
  • Recyclable flooring materials
  • White thermoplastic material roof

On the outside, there is an on-site storm-water treatment system, and parking spaces are sized for economy-sized vehicles.
  "This is the future of residence living," says Peter Gustafson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

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"While it's sustainable, the building's greatest asset is that it accommodates our students' needs and enhances the campuslife experience."
  And, it was constructed in less than one year and under budget, opening in time for this school year.
  "This was an accentuated project, using the latest plan-design-build construction techniques," says Jake Wagle (CE, 2007), the project's construction manager for Garmong Construction Inc. Wagle and other staff gave student groups and classes tours throughout the project, making the construction an educational experience.