MILWAUKEE – Engineering Hall, Marquette University’s new College of Engineering facility, has received LEED – Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system.
“Engineering Hall, including its sustainable design features, puts engineering principles and practices on display,” said Opus Dean of Engineering Robert H. Bishop. “The design and features of the building supports Marquette and the college’s commitment to addressing global issues.”
The U.S. Green Building Council determines certification using a rating system that measures the environmental impacts of a building’s design, construction, operations and management. Engineering Hall, which opened in the fall of 2011, received points through various elements, including extensive use of LED lighting; incorporating polished concrete floors instead of carpet; an experimental green roof that includes solar panels; and a water retention system. Tom Ganey, vice president of planning and university architect, said the inclusion of sustainable building design principles was an absolute requirement for Engineering Hall.
“Engineering Hall, along with other buildings on campus that have been LEED certified, help enable the university to cultivate a culture of environmental responsibility,” said Ganey. “And we will continue to incorporate sustainable design features in future work.”
Other Marquette University projects recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council include LEED Certification for the renovation of McCabe Hall and construction of Zilber Hall; and LEED – Silver certification for the construction of Eckstein Hall, home of Marquette University Law School. Marquette University is currently using sustainable design practices and pursuing LEED certification on the renovation projects of Sensenbrenner Hall, Johnston Hall and Marquette Hall.
Media interested in touring Engineering Hall should contact Andy Brodzeller, associate director of university communication, in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-0286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.