Offices and laboratories have begun to move into the new Engineering and Science Building, set to open this fall. Designed to LEED standards, the building integrates a number of sustainable features into collaborative and multifunctional spaces:
The building’s main entrance, rotunda and bridge utilize in-floor radiant geothermal heating and cooling while a two-story photovoltaic wall of solar panels converts sunlight to electricity.
The green roof insulates the building, helping to lower heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer.
Skylights offer the same insulation as a regular roof but allow for natural light to flood hallways, laboratories and shared spaces.
Offices are located around the perimeter of the building to take advantage of maximum sunlight.
The overall design of the building is based on a model of shared lab spaces to encourage and facilitate collaboration. The labs are outfitted with chilled beams — a radiant cooling system installed in the ceiling that uses water, rather than air, to remove heat generated by lights, computers and other equipment.
And the building is prepared for growth, boasting approximately 25,000 data drops (Internet ports) — more than any other building on campus.
Mike Mcguinn demonstrates his team's Mach-180 Power Laces — an auto-lacing sneaker — at the freshman engineering exposition. Eighty-two teams showcased their interactive objects built using Arduino as part of the common first-year engineering program. See more photos here.