SIUE is investing in new construction and infrastructure improvement to ease the University's growth and expansion, as well as boost economic development in the region. All new buildings must be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifiable. The new Student Success Center, for example, features various green features.
Soon construction of SIUE's long awaited new Science Building will be complete, and the next phase of the project—renovation to the existing structure—will begin. The $52 million new facility, with completion expected in spring 2013, will provide space for classrooms and laboratories, as well as for faculty and student research initiatives in a state-of-the-art learning environment.
“Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)”
The $30 million renovation of the existing structure will involve completely refurbishing classrooms and office spaces. Design on the renovation phase of the project will begin soon.
The enhanced Science Building facilities will further the University's standing as a premier Metropolitan University in the St. Louis area and nationally. The additional space and rehabilitation work will reduce overcrowding in laboratories and growing pains experienced by the University in recent years. Three departments, including chemistry, biological sciences and environmental sciences, will move into the new building upon its completion. Physics, mathematics and statistics will stay in the existing structure, which will be completely gutted and remodeled.
The SIUE Science Building will include such LEED features as use of non-heat absorbing roofing materials; low water use plumbing fixtures; high efficiency insulating materials; solar panels on the roof; collection and use of recyclable materials; sun shades on the south and west facing windows; high efficiency window glazing; lighting and air conditioning occupancy sensors, and active teaching displays showing building energy use.
All current construction and infrastructure improvement projects are being built with sustainable features in mind so that the University can pursue LEED certification. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, to verify that a building meets certain energy, water and indoor air quality standards.