Marquette is no stranger to "green" building practices. The Office of the University Architect has been utilizing sustainable and green building practices for years. Their efforts take the form of installing more efficient energy and water systems and fixtures to keep operating costs down. They use locally sourced and more sustainable building materials in the cores and shells, while recycling the construction debris. They want buildings to last 50 to 100 years rather than the industry standard of 20 years. They know that the greenest buildings are the buildings already standing, and the ones that will last the longest.
In an effort to recognize the Office of the University Architect’s, as well as our contractors’ work, several buildings on campus have gone for and achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED certification is often considered the preeminent sustainable building certification program in the world. Marquette’s certified projects are listed below.
In addition to LEED certification, there are many buildings on campus that have gone through “adaptive reuse.” Adaptive reuse refers to the process of reusing an old site or building for a purpose other than which it was built or designed for (Wikipedia). This practice follows the idea that the greenest building is the building already standing. Instead of tearing a building down and requiring new raw materials and energy to build a new one, that standing building is repurposed for a new function. An example of this on campus would be when Straz Tower was converted from a YMCA into a residence hall and office space. Several other examples can be found below.
Another sustainable building practice is preservation and renovation. Marquette’s Historic Core is home to several iconic campus buildings. Buildings that we want to last for another 100 years. As such, the Historic Core buildings of Sensenbrenner Hall, Marquette Hall and Johnston Hall are all being renovated in order to accommodate the needs of 21st century higher education.
|Total square footage of LEED certified projects on campus:||539,500|
The following list features several buildings that have been repurposed over the years.
|Building||Square Footage||Former Use||Current Use|
|1700 Building||18,000||Medical clinic||Academic building|
|500 North||25,000||Medical office||Child Care Center|
|707 Building||49,200||Office building||Flex office space|
|Abbottsford Hall||70,000||Apartment building||Residence hall|
|Cramer Hall||110,000||School of Dentistry||Clinical Research|
|Mashuda Hall||155,392||Hotel||Residence hall|
|McCabe Hall||94,500||Apartment building||Residence hall|
|N/S Dental Clinic||6,000||Office space||Outreach dental clinic|
|Service Building||32,000||Warehouse||Office building|
|Straz Tower||208,200||YMCA||Residence hall and office space|
Green Building (EPA)
Living Building Challenge
TED Talks – Sustainability by Design playlist
Urban Ecology Center
US Green Building Council
Wisconsin Green Building Alliance
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