Purdue University's first LEED-certified facility, the Roger B. Gatewood Wing of Mechanical Engineering, received a LEED gold rating from the United States Green Building Council. This state-of-the-art facility houses a collection of flexible classroom spaces, student commons, computer laboratories, student learning laboratories, research laboratories, COST PER SQ FT$243.77FEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio offices and conference spaces.
Numerous energy-efficiency and sustainability features are incorporated throughout the facility. Natural light pours in from energy-efficient windows and a series of skylights situated directly above the main lobby’s three-story atrium. Automatic sensors in classrooms, conference rooms and offices turn on lights when someone enters and turn them off when the room is empty. Low-flow toilets reduce average daily water use dramatically. Landscaping is built around native plants that require significantly less water to maintain.
The construction was equally focused on sustainability. Wherever possible, building materials from regional suppliers were used, thus reducing energy use for transportation. A significant amount of building materials incorporated recycled content, and more than 90 percent of the construction debris was diverted from landfills.