A major renovation of the Duquesne Union at Duquesne University has earned Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Commercial Interiors rating system. This renovation project is the first LEED Gold certification for the University and the second LEED certification for the campus.“By reaching the LEED Gold standard, Duquesne shows its continual effort to observe and implement sustainable principles in major construction and renovation projects,” said George Fecik, executive director of facilities management.
Through this $ 2.57 million renovation, Duquesne consolidates a number of student services in the new space, facilitating and improving delivery of these services to students. FortyEighty Architecture designed an area that connects information, banking, retail and health services within one common location.
The renovated second floor of the building provides students with a sustainable and healthy environment through an increased fresh air flow, additional air filtration system, use of low-volatile organic compound finishes and an extensive green cleaning program. The renovation showcases wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council in all of the wood panels, cabinets and doors.
The University partnered with RYCON Construction to divert nearly all of the waste generated by construction operations from landfills. The completed project also expands Duquesne’s campus-wide recycling program. Over 35 percent of the products used have been sourced regionally and more than 30 percent of the furnishings come from recycled sources.
Duquesne’s commitment to superior environmental stewardship is also reflected in this major renovation through significant reductions in energy and water usage. The renovated space reduces water usage by half through the availability of waterless urinals and public lavatories with infrared-activated electronic faucets. An overall 25 percent reduction in energy consumption is accomplished through an optimized heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, occupancy sensors for lighting and the use of Energy Star-compliant equipment.
The University continues to operate 100 percent on clean energy through the combination of energy generation on campus and renewable energy purchases.
Earlier in 2009, the University’s Power Center on Forbes Avenue, earned LEED Silver certification.