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P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse

Sustainable Initiatives

building smarter and greener - commitment to leed

The University of Iowa is committed to sustainability in its campus development through the incorporation of green principles in the placement, design and construction of new campus facilities and major renovation projects. The widely recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program encourages sustainable building practices.

  • The University maintains a minimum standard of LEED Silver certification for new construction and major renovations.

  • Facilities Management has over 20 LEED professionals on staff.

UI LeED BUILDINGS AT A GLANCE

The University has set a minimum standard of Silver certification for all new building projects submitted for review under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building System; however, the UI has exceed this goal in many cases. Some of the characteristics that make each of these projects 'green' include:

P. Sue Beckwith Boathouse (complete 2009). More info.
LEED Gold certified, 1st LEED project on campus, 22,507 gsf
Environmental & Energy Leadership Award, Green Building Category, Corridor Business Journal

  • Pervious concrete to reduce storm water runoff
  • Geothermal heating and daylight harvesting
  • Local and recycled materials
  • Built-in flood-mitigation strategies

Institute for Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation (complete 2009). More info.
LEED Gold certified, 1st healthcare project in the state to receive this rating, 26,2012 gsf

  • Site selected for minimal environmental impact
  • Erosion control and surface water run-off plans
  • Reflective concrete parking lot
  • 81 percent of wood products from Forest Stewardship Council-certified sources

State Hygienic Laboratory (complete 2010). More info.
LEED Gold certified, 114,466 gsf

  • More than one-third of the building products were manufactured within 500 miles of the Laboratory and one-third are made from recycled content
  • Ninety percent of the building has access to natural light
  • Grounds are built with "xeriscaping," which uses plants suited to the climate so that no special watering is needed
  • A tallgrass prairie - Iowa's native ecosystem - has been started as part of the landscape

Stuit Hall (Old Music Building) renovation (complete 2010). More info.
LEED Gold certified, 1st LEED renovation on campus, 22,267 gsf

  • Rain garden to capture roof storm water
  • Occupancy sensors to control electric lights
  • New insulation, replacement windows, and energy efficient mechanicals
  • Recycling storage and collection centers

Information Technology Facility (complete 2011). More info.
LEED Platinum certified, 48,049 gsf
Excellence in Engineering Award, First Place, ASHRAE, Illinois Chapter

  • Bio-retention cell – 7,800 sq. ft. garden-like area on six feet of soil with 1,500 plantings to retain and absorb water runoff serving as a natural filter and providing erosion control
  • High performance energy conservation optimization
  • Six miles of underground conduit; 26 miles of electrical feeder wire
  • The ITF will house servers that are scattered across campus, tucked in small rooms and closets within individual units

Dental Science Building Addition (complete 2011). More info.
LEED Gold certified, 33,754 gsf

  • Energy cost savings of 41% above code
  • Collection and storage of recycling materials
  • 81% of the total wood-based materials are harvested from FSC certified forests
  • All indoor adhesive and sealant products comply with the VOC limits of the standard
  • All indoor paint and coating products comply with the VOC standard
  • All composite wood and laminate adhesives used in the building contain no added urea-formaldehyde resins
  • Lighting controls enable 95% of the occupants to make adjustments to suit individual task needs


College of Public Health Building (complete 2011). More info.
LEED Platinum certified, 1st LEED academic building to received LEED Platinum, 156,698 gsf

  • reflective roofing
  • maximal use of natural lighting
  • storm drainage that uses vegetation and landscaping rather than curbs and gutters
  • low maintenance and zero irrigation landscape design
  • waste reduction and recycling practices
  • occupancy sensors in offices and other common areas to provide lighting as needed
  • proximity to public transportation routes
  • water use reduction through low-flow plumbing


Carver-Hawkeye Arena Addition/Renovation (complete 2011). More info.
LEED Gold certified, 131,00 gsf

  • Water efficient landscaping was utilized with no irrigation system installed
  • Water use reduction above 40%
  • Significant energy cost savings of 51% with a payback on incremental costs of just over eight years
  • Over 20% regional and recycled content of the new materials installed
  • As part of the renovation of the existing building, over 90% of the original structure
    was reused

Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (projected completion 2014)

  • Reflective and green roofing
  • Low-emitting sealants, paints, carpet, and other materials
  • Water-efficient landscaping
  • Use of recycled content and regional materials

Leed by the numbers

Awarded (in order of certification):

  1. Beckwith Boathouse, LEED Gold, 1st LEED project on campus (complete 2009) AWARDED. More info.
  2. Sports Medicine Clinic, LEED Gold, 1st healthcare project in the state (complete 2009) AWARDED. More info.
  3. State Hygienic Laboratory, LEED Gold, (complete 2010) AWARDED. More info.
  4. Stuit Hall Renovation (formerly Old Music Building), LEED Gold, 1st LEED renovation on campus (complete 2010) AWARDED. More info.
  5. Information Technology Facility, LEED Platinum (complete 2011) AWARDED. More info.
  6. Dental Science Building Addition, LEED Gold, (complete 2011), AWARDED.
  7. College of Public Health Building, LEED Platinum (complete 2011), AWARDED. More info.
  8. Carver-Hawkeye Arena Addition/Renovation, LEED Gold, (complete 2011) AWARDED. More info.

Pending:

  1. Pappajohn Institute for Biomedical Discovery Building (projected completion 2014) *in construction
  2. Art Building Replacement (projected completion 2016) *in design
  3. Hancher Auditorium replacement (projected completion 2016) *in design
  4. School of Music replacement (projected completion 2016) *in design

videos

"College of Public Health achieves LEED Platinum certification," Hawkeye Network, May 2013. Interviews with Rod Lehnertz, director of Planning, Design & Construction, and Sue Curry, Dean, College of Public Health.

"LEED Buildings on the UI Campus," profiles the Beckwith Boathouse, College of Public Health Building and the Information Technology Facility, 2013. Interviews with Rod Lehnertz, director of Planning, Design & Construction, and Liz Christiansen, director of the UI Office of Sustainability.

More Information

For more information on University of Iowa LEED projects, contact Facilities Management Planning, Design & Construction at 319-335-5500.

Learn more about the University's commitment to sustainability in the University of Iowa Design Standards & Procedures.