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Euler Science Complex Achieves LEED Gold Rating

Published: Sep 20, 2013

The Euler Science Complex, Taylor University

 

Upland, Ind. - Taylor University’s Euler Science Complex has achieved a Gold Rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in association with the U.S. Green Building Council. 

The Euler Complex was built at a cost of $41.4 million and opened in 2012. At 180,000 square feet, the building was the largest single construction project in Taylor’s history. The complex contains 11 classrooms and 22 laboratories, as well as five conference rooms and number of faculty offices. Also included in the building are interaction/gathering spaces on each of its four floors.

Power required to operate the building is augmented by renewable energy sources that include wind, solar and geothermal technology.

According to Kevin Crosby, Taylor University’s Coordinator of Stewardship and Sustainability, Euler’s achievement of LEED Gold status is unique in that the energy needs for a science building are greater than those of a traditional classroom center. “The difficulty of achieving a high LEED rating for a science/lab building primarily stems from the HVAC demands of the labs spaces,” he said. “More specifically, they require a lot of air to be exhausted and therefor a large amount of fresh outside air to be conditioned (heated or cooled) constantly, which requires a lot of energy. So when you compare a building with biology and chemistry labs to one without labs the science building starts off at an energy disadvantage.”

“Taylor University is one of only four university campuses in North America that directly generate and use solar, wind, and geothermal renewable energy sources. This rating is a welcome validation of our commitment to developing a strong science program while practicing and teaching environmental stewardship,” Crosby added.

“The Euler Science Complex is not only an outstanding teaching and learning tool for the Taylor University community, but also an attraction for a number of local secondary institutions throughout our region,” said Dr. William (Bill) Toll, Dean of Taylor’s School of Natural and Applied Sciences. “This LEED Gold certification is the result of an intentional process. Our goal was to create an outstanding building with features that enhance education in the areas of energy saving technology while reducing its energy footprint. We are grateful for this recognition.”

About the USGBC:

The U.S. Green Building Council® is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 140,000

LEED® Professionals™, USGBC® is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. USGBC is the developer of the LEED green building certification program and the convenor of the Greenbuild® International Conference & Expo. For more information, visit: www.usgbc.org/about.