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Leers Weinzapfel Associates completes sustainable Wentworth Institute of Technology Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Sciences

Intended to be a visible demonstration of sustainable design, the Wentworth Institute of Technology Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Sciences incorporates enhanced metering for the Institute’s use and student demonstration. The project exceeds the City of Boston’s requirements of sustainability with a highly-efficient thermal envelope, including sun shading on the east, south and west facades, as well as mechanical equipment designed for maximum efficiency including low-flow fume hoods. As the campus is vulnerable to flooding, resilience measures included raising the ground floor two feet above current grade and minimizing systems equipment in the basement. The building is designed to be LEED Silver Certifiable under LEED v.4.

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New LEED v4 Requirements for Student Housing Shifting More Environmental Responsibility to End-User

Many universities across the country are striving to design new residence halls based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The latest version of these standards, LEED version 4 (LEED v4), shifts some of the responsibility for achieving certification from the design and construction process to the end-user and life cycle of the building.

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University of San Francisco achieves carbon neutrality more than 30 years ahead of goal

The University of San Francisco (USF) has met its goal of zero net carbon emissions more than 30 years ahead of its 2050 target date set in 2014 with a series of large and small steps, including reducing campus water use by 30 percent and switching to green cleaning supplies, to installing micro turbines that produce heat and electricity right on campus and purchasing mission-driven carbon offsets.

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Oberlin College’s sustainable mixed-use Lewis Gateway Center serves as cornerstone of Oberlin’s Green Arts District

The Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center at Oberlin College is the cornerstone project of the new Green Arts District, a 13-acre block that will bring the arts and sciences together to create a transformative sustainable community. The Gateway Center’s Hotel at Oberlin is the fifth new hotel in the U.S. designed to meet LEED Platinum status.

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Zolatone® delivers new colors and textures for Texas elementary school

In the summer of 2018, Aldine ISD unveiled its new Lou Vardeman School for early childhood, pre-K and kindergarten students. Serving about 800 students each day, the new school was designed by Molina Walker Almaguer Architects, Inc. (MWA Architects), a Houston-based firm and one of the region’s leading designers of educational facilities. Aldine ISD and MWA Architects have worked closely on many of the district’s state-of-the-art buildings for a number of years and have utilized Zolatone coatings throughout many of them.

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Sto Panel Technology helps build student housing for Rowan University

Rowan University needed housing for its expanding student body…and quickly. This led to the construction of a six-story residential building, which would anchor several planned surrounding structures. These were to be built by the team of Sto Panel Technology, its affiliate, Jersey Panel Corp, and Nexus Properties, the developer and general contractor for the project. Between 2014 and 2018, seven buildings comprising more than 450,000 square feet and 1,500 wall panels were constructed in three phases.

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Container-based building manufacturer Adaptive Modular Solutions rebrands as CRATE Modular Inc., hires Amanda Gattenby

Adaptive Modular Solutions, California’s first manufacturer of container-based multi-unit housing and school buildings, has unveiled a new brand identity and name. Effectively immediately, the company is known as CRATE Modular, Inc. Lisa Sharpe remains as president of the newly rebranded CRATE Modular, Inc., which has recently hired Amanda Gattenby to serve as vice president of development.

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USGBC’s Green Schools Conference & Expo and IMPACT Conference co-locate in St. Paul

GSCE is committed to advancing sustainable schools for all and will bring together some of the industry’s top green school leaders, while IMPACT attracts building professionals and sustainability leaders from across the Midwest. Both conferences will include inspiring keynotes, immersive education sessions and informative workshops on the latest strategies and trends that support a sustainable transformation of the region’s schools, commercial and residential buildings and more.

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Leading Universities and Colleges adopt PlanGrid to efficiently build and maintain campuses

PlanGrid facilitates real-time communication between stakeholders spread across university grounds, enabling both construction and facilities management teams to optimize productivity and enhance campus service levels. By capturing a comprehensive record of building activity with PlanGrid, universities are also able to leverage full lifecycle project data to preserve their campuses for generations to come.

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The YUW 750 TU is a thermally broken, unitized curtain wall that delivers a high level of design versatility and performance, regardless of climate or location. In addition to the fast, easy installation benefits of being unitized, it offers design freedom with options for a 2 1/2 inch captured frame or a 4-sided structural silicone glazed frame with zero sightline for a modern look. Sustainable performance is achieved with a U-value of 0.41 Btu/hr ft2 oF or less. Additionally, the YUW 750 TU easily interfaces with sun shades to yield greater performance. Visit ykkap.com to learn more.

The YUW 750 TU is a thermally broken, unitized curtain wall that delivers a high level of design versatility and performance, regardless of climate or location. In addition to the fast, easy installation benefits of being unitized, it offers design freedom with options for a 2 1/2 inch captured frame or a 4-sided structural silicone glazed frame with zero sightline for a modern look. Sustainable performance is achieved with a U-value of 0.41 Btu/hr ft2 oF or less. Additionally, the YUW 750 TU easily interfaces with sun shades to yield greater performance. Visit ykkap.com to learn more.

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