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Past Construction Projects

The Student Dining and Residential Programs Building (SDRP) opened in fall 2010. 

Nugent Hall Phase A opened in fall 2010, and Phase C opened in fall 2012.

Bousfield Hall opened in fall 2013. See Bousfield LEED certification information.

LEED Recognition - SDRP and Nugent

The Student Dining and Residential Programs Building (SDRP) and Nugent Hall Phase A have achieved LEED Silver Certification. Nugent Hall Phase C received Gold Certification.

Factors that contributed to LEED certification:

  • More than 20 percent of the materials used for the project were manufactured and harvested within a 500-mile radius from the site, including the concrete and brick. Using regional materials helps support the local economy and reduces transportation costs and environmental impacts. (Phase C: more than 25 percent of the materials were from 500 miles)
  • More than 10 percent of the products used in the construction of Nugent Hall Phase A contain recycled content. (Phase C: More than 25 percent)
  • More than 20 percent of the products used in the construction of the SDRP contain recycled content.
  • Over 50 percent of the wood-based materials used in the SDRP were FSC-certified, which means the wood comes from responsibly managed, sustainable sources.
  • The white reflective roof on both Nugent Hall and the SDRP was designed to reduce solar heat absorption, keeping the environment cooler and using less energy for air conditioning.
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures were also utilized to reduce water consumption by over 20 percent in Nugent Hall Phase A and over 30 percent in the SDRP. (Phase C: Over 30 percent water consumption reduction)
  • Both the SDRP and Nugent Hall were designed to meet ASHRAE requirements. ASHRAE is the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, which promotes sustainability and green building practices. The SDRP will exceed ASHRAE requirements by over 10 percent. (Phase C: exceeds ASHRAE by over 15 percent)
  •  Light fixtures throughout the SDRP and Nugent Hall use low-energy wattage lamps to conserve energy, and many of the rooms have motion sensor light fixture control. 
  • In the SDRP, the large 500-seat multi-purpose room has individualized control and dimmer switches, which reduces energy usage.
  • More than 75 percent of the waste from the Illini Orange and Garner Hall, which used to stand on the construction site, was recycled.
  • Over 80 percent of the construction waste was recycled, reducing landfill waste.  
  • Indoor Air Quality measures were implemented during the construction process to achieve a high level of cleanliness and air quality. Keeping the construction site clean also protects the HVAC systems and improves efficiency.
  • Low-VOC (volatile organic compound) products, including paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants, were chosen to increase indoor air quality.  
  • The SDRP was built with eight staff showers so that Housing staff members can take advantage of alternative forms of transportation, such as biking or walking to work.
  • The facility’s cleaning and maintenance policy will limit the environmental impacts of hazardous and unfriendly cleaning products and solvents, while also providing a healthier working environment for the building’s workers and residents. University Housing recently received recognition for its current green cleaning efforts.
  • A built-in oil-reclaiming system in the SDRP will send used fryer oil to a holding tank on the loading dock to be processed into biodiesel for the campus motor pool. The non-toxic, biodegradable fuel generates fewer emissions and saves the campus money on fuel costs.

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