Wayne State University recently added its seventh Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building. The STEM Innovation Learning Center was awarded LEED Gold—WSU’s third—from the US Green Building Council.
“Facilities Planning and Management is extremely proud to add LEED Gold certification to the STEM Innovation Learning Center’s list of accomplishments,” said Ashley Flintoff, director of space planning and management at FP&M. “This building was a labor of love – seven years of work – and it’s wonderful to see students embracing the open and collaborative nature of the renovation.”
In response to increased demand for science, technology, engineering, and math courses, Wayne State in 2017 partnered with construction managers from Granger Construction, as well as designers and engineers from NORR and Fishbeck, to build the STEM Innovation Learning Center. The project was completed in June 2020 and involved completely transforming WSU’s existing seven-story facility, which was built in 1970 and first served as a science and engineering library.
“With this project, we’ve pushed the boundaries of what classrooms, labs, and student space look like at Wayne State,” Flintoff said. “Hearing and seeing students, faculty enthusiastic about teaching and spending time in the building really reinforces why we work so hard to make these dreams come true.”
The STEM Innovation Learning Center was designed to consolidate university STEM programs under one roof, in addition to hosting courses in chemistry, computer science, biomedical engineering, basic engineering, physics, mathematics and biology. The facility includes flexible classrooms, seminar spaces, and offices, as well as a variety of high-tech teaching labs. The new maker-hacker spaces also provide students with cross-disciplinary exposure to develop their skills outside of a traditional classroom setting.
“On behalf of the entire Wayne State University community, I would like to congratulate our facilities, planning, and management team for achieving LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council and for constructing our new STEM building. “Wayne State said. President Mr. Roy Wilson. “It’s a wonderful achievement. Not only did they retrofit an existing structure with all the latest technology available, saving the university hundreds of thousands of dollars, but they did it all with green in mind. »
The project originally aimed for LEED Silver status, but achieved Gold, the second highest level in LEED, behind Platinum but above Silver. To obtain LEED Gold, every detail counts. For example, the construction was carried out using low-emitting paints, lighting, flooring and ceilings, as well as regular compost collection and off-site treatment by providing receptacles. organic waste. The US Green Building Council’s rating system awards points for achieving specific goals. Among the qualities sought by the certification are the sustainable development of the site, water savings, energy efficiency, the selection of materials and the quality of the indoor environment.
“WSU sought additional points to achieve LEED Gold by performing advanced testing to validate building performance through enhanced commissioning, implementing a composting program, and utilizing various water conservation techniques” , said Daryl Pierson, director of sustainability at the Office of Campus Sustainability. “LEED Gold is a great achievement for the university as it represents WSU’s commitment to excellence. This does not happen without the effort of many people and organizations working together. This is a green building standard that has been earned and of which I am very proud. »
Other Wayne State buildings to achieve LEED recognition:
- Center for Integrative Biosciences (IBio) – LEED Gold
- Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC) – LEED Gold
- Marvin I. Danto Technical Development Center – LEED Silver
- Richard J. Mazurek Medical Education Commons – LEED Silver
- A. Paul Schaap Chemistry Pavilion and Conference Room – LEED Silver
- Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments – LEED Silver