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The site incorporates a compact building footprint, walkways, and landscaped open spaces to expand the core student/pedestrian zone of the campus. The landscape of native plants provides habitat for wildlife and minimizes the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Rain gardens and porous pavement retain storm water on-site. The south courtyard provides a sheltered outdoor gathering space.


Multiple bus stops are within walking distance of the facility. Bicycle racks are provided at the main entrances to the building to promote the use of alternative modes of transportation. A shower and changing room have also been provided for people choosing to ride their bike to work or school.

Alternative Transportation

The energy required to condition outside air is reduced by utilizing a sophisticated energy recovery system to recapture tempered air. Energy efficient lighting is used throughout the facility. All lighting is automatically controlled using occupancy sensors or via the energy management system. The windows are made with insulated, low-e glass to provide better energy performance


The CBEC building is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) registered with the certification goal of Gold. The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.


Building materials were chosen based on the following important factors: recycled, renewable, and regional. From the walls to the ceiling and floors, almost all materials have some amount of recycled content in them. Many of the building materials are also made of renewable ingredients. The composite tile flooring, the bamboo wall and ceiling panels, and the agrifiber wood door cores all contain plant materials. The concrete and brick were all made within 500 miles of where you are standing, making them regional.


Recycling centers are located in the building to collect user waste. The recycling program within the CBEC building is part of the larger campus recycling effort, which includes the following products: glass, plastic, office paper, cardboard and metals.

Chemical and Biological Engineering Chemistry (CBEC)

Overall the CBEC building is a wonderful example of LEED certification. It incorporates accommodations for those who choose to use alternative forms of transportation, environmentally friendly landscaping, high efficiency water use, and recycled, regional, and renewable materials among others to achieve the gold certification. This helps to accomplish the campus’ future goal of being a carbon neutral establishment by 2050.


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Chemical and Biological Engineering Chemistry (CBEC)

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