Physics and Astronomy
The building underwent major renovations starting in 2010. The final phase was completed in July 2012. In the building there are laboratories, classrooms, offices, study facilities and common use spaces. The building has a total of 102,646 square feet.
- Natural and recycled materials are used throughout the building. These include real linoleum flooring, drywall from recycled drywall, and concrete with fly ash content.
- This environmentally friendly building reuses an existing building avoiding waste while preserving character. This building has many gothic details worth preserving and enjoying, while maintaining 95% of the building’s shell.
- Old windows are draughty, subject to condensation, and lead to high heating costs. In older Western buildings single pane steel frame windows are replaced with the latest high performance technologies while maintaining aesthetic character.
- The renovation included providing fresh air to today’s standards to ensure occupant well being and comfort. Rigorous screening of new materials ensured that only low off-gassing and urea formaldehyde-free materials were incorporated in the renovation.
- In total, the renovation incorporated more than 15% recycled content in the new materials. In addition, 20% of the new products used were extracted and manufactured regionally, supporting the local economy.
- This building achieved exemplary performance in water reduction, reducing over 40% of the building’s water consumption through the use of low flow toilets and taps.
- 90% of the construction/renovation waste was diverted from landfills to recycling facilities.