TS01 - Building a Better Northwestern

Saturday, November 17 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk « Back

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Northwestern University’s main 240-acre campus in Evanston is just north of Chicago, along the shores of Lake Michigan. The three buildings on this tour are all recent LEED Certifications and highlight Northwestern University’s commitment to sustainability. The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts features a primarily glass exterior — taking advantage of the site’s lakefront location and Chicago skyline views. The LEED Gold Certified building also features a double skin facade, a grey-water capture system, low-flow fixtures and state of the art mechanical and lighting systems. Kresge Centennial Hall, originally constructed in 1954, is Northwestern University’s first LEED platinum building and home to the Weinberg College of Arts and Science. The renovation included a 254-panel rooftop solar array, 100 percent low-emitting materials, daylight sensors, LED lights, and radiant ceiling panels that used chilled water from the Central Utility Plant to reduce energy. The Kellogg Global Hub, located on the Evanston lakefront campus, is a new, LEED Platinum education facility for the New Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Some of the key features include a geothermal system underneath the adjacent football practice field, over 6,000 LEED fixtures, triple glazed windows and daylight sensors throughout.

Learning Objectives:

Explore how to achieve LEED Platinum certification with a building renovation.

Describe how to incorporate rooftop solar arrays on an existing building in an urban setting.

Discover radiant heating and cooling system design for multiple buildings in a campus setting.

Summarize strategies for designing for the musical arts, including adhering to acoustic and soundproof requirements while using sustainable materials.

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Event Type: Tour > Session