Process & Results


An extensive climate and site analysis was completed for this project. The project mission was to design a highly efficient campus located in a harsh climate.


Energy modeling began very early in the design process and multiple iterations were run to study numerous sustainable strategies. These studies included daylight studies, carbon studies, building MEP system studies, and computational fluid dynamic studies for the solar towers. Given the project's timeframe, the energy modeling was extremely extensive.


The contractor had to coordinate and train 25,000 on-site workers to follow LEED requirements for construction waste management, the indoor air quality management plan, commissioning and erosion control. The coordination and communication effort was monumental.


The entire university will implement a sustainable operations plan. Green cleaning materials and an extensive recycling program that includes composting of all food waste was put in place. All service vehicles for maintenance staff are electric vehicles. Thermal comfort surveys will be annually facilitated to ensure that mechanical systems are operating effectively. Building automation allows the facilities staff to make changes to the systems to achieve these efficiencies.


Commissioning and advanced commissioning were executed for the project. Upon occupancy, re-commissioning is being completed on an ongoing basis to ensure that systems are operating appropriately. This ongoing maintenance and evaluation will continue throughout the campus lifetime.


Continued thermal comfort surveys will assess the effectiveness of mechanical systems and the facilities group will adjust the settings to ensure maximum occupant comfort. A comprehensive campus automation system will measure all energy and water use for the project. Sub-meters and controls have been built-in to allow for future increase in efficiencies for all energy using systems.


  • AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects in 2010

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