Minn. college building receives 'golden' renovation
The renovation of a 70-year-old building on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota has been awarded the LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Renovation of the more than 27,000-square-foot Arthur H. Anderson Hall was done in 2016 and includes a three-story open gathering space to encourage collaboration and group work for students and faculty, reports Mankato Free Press.
The historic Kasota stone building opened in 1948 and originally served as the Gustavus library. It now houses a variety of academic programs and offices.
Some of the energy efficient strategies used on Anderson Hall included selecting low-emitting materials, implementing green cleaning and equipment policies, and achieving energy cost savings of nearly 40 percent below baseline.
The multifaith center inside the hall includes low-flow water fixtures and daylighting strategies without sacrificing privacy.
In addition, the project featured new boilers, which replaced Anderson Hall’s original heating system that was previously connected to a campus-wide steam system that runs through tunnels. Outside, the site is covered with drought-resistant native plants.
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