Both the University and the State are making great strides in green building construction and renovation. These projects will help the campus conserve energy, reduce the use of raw materials, and save money. Over time, more members of the campus community will live, work, and learn in increasingly efficient buildings while enjoying a higher standard of indoor environmental quality.
The University of Maryland is currently constructing on another LEED building, the Physical Sciences Complex (PSC). This Complex plans to include a remarkable array of high-tech laboratories with equipment unsurpassed by any university facility in the country. When the building is completed in the fall of 2013, it will rank among the top facilities in the world.
Green features of this building will comprise of:
Learn more about the building plan here.
Oakland Hall opened in the fall of 2011 as the campus’s second LEED Gold Certified residential facility. This nine story building will house more than 700 students in the North Campus Community, making it the largest residential facility on campus. Oakland Hall’s green features will include:
For more information about the Oakland Hall building plan, click here.
The University re-opened the Denton Dining Hall in the fall of 2011. This dining hall was originally designed and constructed in 1962; however, in 2001 a tornado damaged the building causing it to close. The Denton Dining Hall has undergone significant renovation and has achieved LEED Silver certification.
Some green features of the building include:
Knight Hall, the new home of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, opened its doors in the winter of 2010 as the first University-owned and operated green building. Certified as LEED Gold by the US Green Building Council, Knight Hall features 53,400 square feet of high-tech classrooms, multimedia labs, offices, and spaces for professional journalism centers. Green features of the building include:
The Knight Hall building site is estimated to reduce stormwater runoff by 27 percent compared with pre-construction conditions. This reduction was achieved by converting an impervious parking lot into a green building surrounded by green space and capturing the rain that falls on the site in a large cistern buried under the courtyard. This system collects rainwater from roof drains, channels the water through a high capacity filter in the courtyard, and stores it in an underground cistern. A drip irrigation system detects the amount of moisture in the soil so that plants are only watered as needed. When the irrigation system calls for water, pumps send water from the cistern through the irrigation system for distribution on-site. The cistern is sized to handle the average rainfall for the month of July (worst-case demand scenario). In addition to reducing the campus's use of potable water for irrigation, the quality of the stormwater runoff is also improved by filtering the water collected from the roof through the mechanical filtering provided by the capture system and the natural filtering provided by plants and other organisms in the soil.
Visit the Knight Hall homepage
In January, 2010, the University of Maryland opened the doors to its first LEED Certified student housing facility. The facility was also the first campus building to achieve LEED Gold Certification. Building 7 of South Campus Commons is a 370 bed, apartment-style residential building that is home to upper-division, undergraduate students. It was constructed through a Public-Private Partnership between the University and Capstone Development Corp. The development team, comprised of Capstone Development Corp., Design Collective Inc., A. Morton Thomas, and the Whiting Turner Contracting Company, collaborated closely with the University to design and construct Building 7 with the following LEED goals in mind:
Building 7 differs from a conventional residence hall in many ways, but one of the most profound is in the area of energy consumption. High-efficiency heat pumps and Energy Star appliances in each residential unit (washers/dryers, ovens/stove tops, and dishwashers) optimize energy performance. The building also includes energy efficient windows and a white roof to reduce heat gain in the summer.
The Adele H. Stamp Student Union completed renovations in 2010 that include:
The Atrium and Prince George's Room in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union underwent renovations in 2009 and now include two new green roofs. Green roofs use plants called sedums, which are thick-leaved succulents that store water in their leaves and are consequently tolerant of extreme weather. These plants sit atop several layers of soil and drainage protection and serve to:
The Union's green roofs add to the growing network of planted roofs on campus, including the extensive green roof on Cumberland Hall and the fruit, vegetable, herb, and flower plantings on the roof of the Diner (see Dining section).
Governor Martin O’Malley signed the High Performance Buildings Act into Maryland law in April 2008 and it became effective July 1, 2008. The Act requires specified buildings constructed or renovated solely with State funds, such as University buildings, to be “high performance” buildings. The High Performance Buildings initiative is a government research program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy to reduce the energy consumption of buildings while improving their quality, occupant comfort, and cost-effectiveness using energy-efficiency and renewable energy technologies, recycled and sustainable materials, and site sensitive design to minimize the burden on the environment.
The Design Criteria/Facilities Standards (DCFS) are University standards and design guidelines for new construction and building renovations on the College Park campus and at Client Institutions such as the Universities at Shady Grove. The DCFS set the requirements used by the design team to meet the programmatic needs of each project and cover topics including operations and maintenance, safety, energy efficiency, and material finishes. To insure the University’s projects are designed in compliance with the University’s green building commitment and the High Performance Buildings Act, the DCFS is being revised to address environmental stewardship and LEED design criteria.
The green roof on Cumberland Hall covers 65 percent roof surface with approximately 6,000 square feet of plantings. The Cumberland Hall roof is characterized as an "extensive" green roof meaning the depth of the growing media is between 3" - 6" and the plants are low growing, low maintenance, and drought resistant. Extensive green roof systems are not designed to accommodate foot traffic.
As with the storm water irrigation system installation at Washington Quad, this project is designed, in part, to provide Residential Facilities and other interested campus departments with a large scale installation upon which possible future green/garden roof retro-fit installations can be better budgeted, planned, executed and maintained. Click here for a more in-depth look at the environmental, economic, and social benefits of the green roof.
The University adopted the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver building standard for all new construction and major renovations. The initiative was championed by Doug Duncan, former Vice President for Administrative Affairs. The LEED Silver standard has helped the campus reduce energy and water consumption, reduce waste, better ensure indoor air quality, and build in a way that is more respectful to the environment.
In February 2013, the Lot 4i UM Shuttle Facility received LEED Silver certification. The facility is now complete with 100% vegetative roof for stormwater management, 35% interior water use reduction, 20.16% energy cost savings. Additionally, the building utilizes a geothermal well field and heat recovery system. This development provides further support to the university's commitment to sustainable design.
The Camille Kendall Academic Center at the Universities at Shady Grove was constructed in 2007 with environmentally preferable materials such as rapidly renewable wood and recycled metal. It is the largest green higher education building in the State of Maryland and the first USM building to achieve LEED Gold certification. The University of Maryland, College Park is one of nine USM institutions to offer classes in this Rockville facility.