|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
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
"This is the future of residence living," says Peter
Gustafson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of
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