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Sustainable Infrastructure Hub: Buildings

Sustainable Infrastructure Hub: Buildings

 

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Recognizing that the state and quality of campus buildings can have a significant effect on energy use, waste production, human heath, productivity and tuition prices, Ohio University is committed to maintaining and operating buildings in a way that promotes health, energy efficiency and reduction of waste. The Office of Sustainability participates in and supports initiatives that promote best practices in building construction and maintenance. The Athens Campus has more than 1 million square feed of LEED -certified buildings, including Walter International Education Center, Nelson Court Dining Hall, Schoonover Center for Communication Phase I, Bush Hall, Grover Center Expansion, Tupper Hall, Jefferson Hall,Sook Academic Center and the Chemistry Building.

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The Sustainability Project Laboratory is a database of sustainability-related project proposals. This resource hosts projects and project ideas that can be adopted by faculty, staff, and students for course projects, capstone or senior projects, theses, and more!

To find buildings related projects just type "buildings" into the search bar at the top of the database, or click the Sustainability Project Laboratory icon to the right. 

How We Are Doing

LEED Certified SQ Footage Total
Buildings Preventative Maintenance Mix

2021 Initiatives

Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Supported Initiatives Goals SCAP Alignment
Sustainability Project Laboratory:  
Website of sustainability projects developed for curricular purposes 
 
Increase access to experiential learning and sustainability projects.   Increase faculty, student, and community engagement across all hub themes. 
Triple Bottom Line Cost Benefit Analysis (TBL CBA) Tool:  
Framework for assessing sustainability impacts. 
Create a tool to evaluate the impacts of projects across all hub themes on campus.  Communication and decision-making tool for use in all hub themes. 
Green roof:  
Installation on Schoonover Center. 
 
Involve students in experiential learning. Improve energy efficiency and storm water retention.  Reduce impacts from storm water; Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts 

 

Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Related Initiatives SCAP Alignment
Design & Construction Infrastructure Design: (D&C) 
Best practices for D&C project managers 
 
Reduce building impacts by using best practices in construction, renovation and demolition  
Regional campus infrastructure: (FMS for RHE) 
Sustainable initiatives at regional campuses 
 
Reduce building impacts by using best practices in construction, renovation and demolition  
Steam system annual shut down: (Maintenance & Operations) 
Corrective & preventative maintenance best practices 
 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Metering & controls projects: (Maintenance & Operations) 
Targeting high priority meters and controls 
 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Energy dashboard: (Energy Management) 
Development of dashboard for energy management 
 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Design & Construction, Surplus, Habitat and ReUse:  
Partnership with local non-profits to reuse building materials. 
 
Increase diversion from landfill to reuse, recycling and composting 
LEED certification of new construction & renovation: 
Green building standards. 
 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  

2020 Initiatives

Infrastructure Hub Supported Initiatives Goals SCAP Alignment
Sustainable Project Laboratory:  
Website of sustainability projects developed for curricular purposes 
Increase access to experiential learning and sustainability projects  Increase faculty, student, and community engagement across all hub themes 
Triple Bottom Line Cost Benefit Analysis (TBL CBA) Tool:  
Framework for assessing sustainability impacts 
Create a tool to evaluate the impacts of projects across all hub themes on campus  Communication and decision-making tool for use in all hub themes. 
Operations & Maintenance: 
Two EcoChallenge projects supported grounds and O&M topics 
Use experiential learning to improve Operations and Maintenance  Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts  
LEED Lab:  
USGBC experiential learning curriculum 
Provide students opportunity to learn about LEED certification for buildings  Operate and maintain existing buildings to reduce impacts  
Green roof:  
Installation on Schoonover Center 
Involve students in experiential learning.; Improve energy efficiency and storm water retention  Reduce impacts from storm water; Operate and maintain existing buildings to reduce impacts 

 

Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Related Initiatives SCAP Alignment
Steam system annual shut down (Operations & Maintenance): 
Corrective & preventative maintenance best practices 
Operate and maintain existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Metering & controls projects (Operations & Maintenance): 
Targeting high priority meters and controls 
Operate and maintain existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Energy dashboard (Energy Management): 
Development of dashboard for energy management 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy 

2019 Initiatives

Infrastructure Hub Supported Initiatives Goals SCAP Alignment
Sustainable Project Laboratory:  
Website of sustainability projects developed for curricular purposes 
Increase access to experiential learning and sustainability projects.   Increase faculty, student, and community engagement across all hub themes. 
Triple Bottom Line Cost Benefit Analysis (TBL CBA) Tool:  
Framework for assessing sustainability impacts. 
Create a tool to evaluate the impacts of projects across all hub themes on campus.  Communication and decision-making tool for use in all hub themes.  
Maintenance & Operations: 
Many EcoChallenge projects supported grounds and Operations and Maintenance topics. 
Use experiential learning to improve Operations and Maintenance Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts  
LEED Lab:  
USGBC experiential learning curriculum. 
Provide students opportunity to learn about LEED certification for buildings.   Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts  
LEED certification of new construction & renovation: 
Green building standards. 
LEED silver certify new buildings or renovations over 2 million dollars.   Reduce building impacts by using best practices in construction, renovation and demolition  
Green roof:  
Installation on Schoonover Center. 
Involve students in experiential learning. Improve energy efficiency and storm water retention.  Reduce impacts from storm water; Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts 

 

Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Related Initiatives SCAP Alignment
Design & Construction Infrastructure Design: (D&C) 
Best practices for D&C project managers 
Reduce building impacts by using best practices in construction, renovation and demolition  
Regional campus infrastructure: (FMS for RHE) 
Sustainable initiatives at regional campuses 
Reduce building impacts by using best practices in construction, renovation and demolition  
Steam system annual shut down: (Maintenance & Operations) 
Corrective & preventative maintenance best practices 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Metering & controls projects: (Maintenance & Operations) 
Targeting high priority meters and controls 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  
Energy dashboard: (Energy Management) 
Development of dashboard for energy management 
Maintain and operate existing buildings to reduce impacts; Decrease reliance on fossil fuel energy  

LEED-Certified Buildings at Ohio University

The University's Design & Construction Standards mandate that all new construction or renovations exceeding costs of $2 million must be built to LEED Silver standards.

Currently, there are over 948,131 square feet of LEED-certified buildings on OHIO campuses.

- The Athens campus has 702,046 combined square feet of Silver-certified buildings, including Walter International Education Center, Nelson Court Dining Hall, Schoonover Center for Communication Phase I, Bush Hall, Grover Center Expansion, Tupper Hall, Jefferson Hall and Sook Academic Center. 

- Schoonover Center for Communication Phase II, Boyd Dining and Campus Market, Patton Hall and Ellis Hall on the Athens campus contribute 232,085 square feet of Gold-certified square footage.

- The Chillicothe campus is also on the map with the Tech Studies Addition, contributing 14,000 square feet in the Certified category. 

Additional information about our LEED-certified buildings is provided below.


15 Park Place

15 Park Place, or the Walter International Education Center, is the home of the Office of Global Opportunities and International Student and Faculty Services. It was the first LEED certified building (12130 sq ft, LEED Silver) at Ohio University.


Scripps

The Scripps College of Communications completed two building projects, Scripps Phase I and Scripps Phase II.

Scripps Phase I was a substantial renovation of Schoonover Center. Scripps Phase I is a 110290 sq ft LEED Silver certified project.

Scripps Phase II was a smaller renovation of Schoonover Center (34950 sq ft), and it was awarded LEED Gold certification.


Patton Hall

Patton Hall is the first full building on campus to earn Gold status.  "Patton Hall’s $32.8 million renovation, completed in January 2017, offers students a true 21st-century learning experience. The College’s green-friendly renovation can be felt throughout the building and is summarized on its LEED Wall, which is housed on the third floor. The wall contains various icons and blurbs, as well as an interactive monitor that allows visitors to learn more about the building’s environmentally friendly features, including OHIO’s first green roof, which uses rainfall to conserve water and sustain plant life." (from OHIO News)

Patton Hall

Tupper Hall

Tupper Hall is a 38,599 square foot LEED Silver certified renovation, completed in 2015 by local architectural firm BDT.  The renovation included a new roof, thermally-efficient aluminum-clad wood windows, and preserved the daylighting features of the original building.


Housing Phase I

Housing Phase I, which includes Tanaka, Luchs, Carr and Sowle residence halls, is a certified LEED Silver project.


Chubb Hall Student LEED Evaluation

FY13 Student Report on Chubb Hall By Rich Wilson


LEED Lab at Ohio University

In 2019, Ohio University became the 31st institution world-wide to offer a US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Lab course.  The Civil Engineering LEED Lab course, CE4540/5540:  Sustainable Construction, teaches students to evaluate the operations and maintenance of an existing building on campus using the LEED rating system.  A pilot LEED Lab course was taught in the spring of 2018, and a registered LEED Lab course was taught in spring of 2019 and 2020.

A paper will be presented at the June 2020 American Society for Engineering Education annual conference about Ohio University's 2019 LEED Lab course.


Green Cleaning Policy

OHIO's Green Cleaning Policy.  Ohio University cleans its buildings according to a Green Cleaning Policy, with the exception of food preparation facilities, which are governed by USDA cleaning requirements, and athletic facilities, which are governed by NCAA cleaning requirements.

Ohio University Experts

Name:  Contact:  Description:
Jesús Pagán paganj@ohio.edu
 
Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Coordinator
Krista Nutter nutterk@ohio.edu Sustainable building design
Mohammed Khurrum Bhutta  bhutta@ohio.edu Sustainable manufacturing
Nichole Campbell  ncampbell@ohio.edu Sustainable design
Jason Farmer farmer@ohio.edu Sustainability in athletics
Elaine Goetz goetze@ohio.edu Director of Energy Management & Sustainability; Director of Sustainability

Other Stakeholders & Experts

Name: Contact: Description:
U.S. Green Building Council https://www.usgbc.org/contactus A group of professionals who work to promote green buildings in the state of Ohio
Hocking-Athens-Perry County Community Action https://hapcap.org/contact/ A Community Action Agency with programs in Fair Housing, Home Repair, Development, Weatherization, and others