October 1, 2010

Sustainability Studies: Higher Education Goes Low-Impact

Higher education is going low-impact, with these three universities among those aiming for a grade of LEED Silver for recent campus projects. At Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Kliment Halsband Architects updated the century-old Gilman Hall in sustainable style by reusing marble and brick, adding skylights, and installing an outdoor-air cooling system.

skylights illuminate Gilman Hall at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Designing a student center for Cleveland State University, Gwath­mey Siegel & Associates Architects specified pale roofing, LED fixtures, and low-VOC carpet and paint. And Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, building the University of California San Diego’s six-story Rita Atkinson Residences, concealed three additional levels of bike storage and student services underground, beneath a planted courtyard.

the exterior of Rita Atkinson Residences at the University of California San Diego

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