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Charlotte Business Journal celebrates Rogers Building design

05/24/11 -  


Charlotte Business Journal

Queens University of Charlotte seeks Platinum LEED for new building

Charlotte Business Journal - by Susan Stabley

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 1:35pm EDT

The 56,500-square-foot Rogers Science and Health Building is slated to open in late fall 2012.

Queens University of Charlotte will seek Platinum-level LEED certification for its new, $18 million Rogers Science and Health Building.

The university started construction of the 56,500-square-foot building Monday. It will house the university's biology, chemistry, mathematics and environmental science programs as well as the administrative offices of the Blair College of Health.

Platinum-level LEED certification is the strictest of four levels under the sustainable standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The green-building project comes with most of the usual LEED features. About 50 percent of all the building materials will come from within 500 miles of campus. The school will incorporate 10 percent salvaged or refurbished materials. A minimum of 75 percent of the construction and demolition waste and other debris will be recycled. And an energy "dashboard" will be installed in the lobby that displays updates of the building's consumption of water, electricity and natural gas.

But the project also boasts several additions that are not commonly found including:

•A rooftop greenhouse and herbarium.

•A 30-foot by 40-foot wall of plants native to North Carolina that will run along the buildings exterior.

•An underground cistern that will capture rainwater from the roof for use in irrigation.

•A parking lot canopy covered with photovoltaic solar panels.

Queens will save nine large oak and hickory trees at the building site at the corner of Selwyn and Radcliffe avenues and will replant four dogwoods. Nine trees will be removed for the project, but Queens says that wood will be used for flooring in the building. Additional trees will be planted along Selwyn. An arborist has been hired to ensure construction activities will not damage the trees that surround the site.

Queens plans to open the facility in late fall 2012. The building is named for Duke Energy Corp. Chief Executive Jim Rogers and his wife, Mary Anne, who donated $4.1 million to Queens toward construction. The facility's full name will be the James E. and Mary Anne Rogers Science and Health Building.

Susan Stabley writes about growth and the environment for the Charlotte Business Journal. Click here to follow her Going Green blog or here for an RSS feed. For updates on Twitter, follow @CBJgreennews or click here.You can also reach her using old-fashioned e-mail at or by phone at (704) 973-1115.

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