Green is the color of the "Fighting Irish"--in more ways than one. The University of Notre Dame is committed to, pursuing certification on its major projects. Ryan Hall, the University’s newest women’s residence hall, is a 75,000-square-foot, multistory facility with a partial basement, 248 new student beds and a new student chapel. Designed by Mackey Mitchell Architects, it features the collegiate Gothic style that is consistent with Notre Dame’s campus . This project received LEED gold certification.
Notable sustainable features include:
• Zero VOCs in all adhesives, paints, and sealants.
• Low-flow plumbing and fixtures.
• Controllability of/thermal control by use of proximity switches.
• Enhanced building commissioning.
• Alternative(bicycle storage).
• Recycling stations in the building.
• Notre Dame’s "green housekeeping" program.
As construction manager for the project, Skanska’s construction methods supported LEED:
• Approximately 76 percent of construction debris (970 tons) was diverted from landfills.
• Approximately 31 percent of total materials (by cost) are derived from post-consumer and post-industrial (i.e. pre-consumer) recycled materials.
• Approximately 39 percent of the total materials (by cost) are extracted and manufactured within a 500 mile radius of the job site.
• An(IAQ) management plan during construction included prohibiting smoking within 25 feet of the building envelope; and proper protection of ventilation ductwork during delivery, storage and installation.
- Read the main story, "Planning Green," to learn how a LEED project does not have to cost more, but effective construction management is essential.