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Eco-friendly building comes to Queens

Time lapse CameraThis is an image from the Roger's Science and Health Building time lapse camera.

When it opens later this year, Queens' new $18 million Rogers Science and Health Building will be among the first few facilities in North Carolina to have earned Platinum LEED certification. 

But what exactly does that mean?

It means we considered the building's potential impact to the environment at every step of the design and planning process.  For instance:

  • Many of the largest trees on the site were saved, including nine large-circumference oaks and hickories.  Four small dogwood trees were replanted elsewhere on campus. The nine trees that had to be removed are being recycled, with their wood to be used as flooring in the new building. 
  • A 30x40 foot "green wall" showcasing indigenous Carolina plants will run along part of the exterior.
  • A rooftop greenhouse and herbarium will serve as a living botany lab.
  • The interior will maximize day lighting and view opportunities.  Exterior lighting will not exceed light pollution guidelines.
  • Rainwater will be captured from the roof in an underground cistern and distributed around campus with high efficiency irrigation technology.
  • Energy efficiency will be optimized through the building envelope and HVAC systems, reducing energy consumption by at least 60 percent.
  • Renewable energy will be created by a parking lot canopy system with photovoltaic solar panels.
  • At least 75 percent of construction materials, demolition waste and land clearing debris will be recycled.
  • Salvaged or refurbished materials will be used in 10 percent of the building.
  • At least half of the building materials will be manufactured within 500 miles of our campus.

Read more information about the new Roger's Science and Health Building or see an up-to-date time lapse image.

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