Kearney goes gold…in energy efficiency

A refurbished, and very green Kearney Hall

A refurbished, and very green Kearney Hall

Oregon State’s Kearney Hall just received gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program of the U.S. Green Building Council…which means it’s being recognized for environmentally-sensitive design and construction. It’s the second major building at Oregon State (after Kelley Engineering) to get the award.

Here are a few of the building’s “green” features, and the practices used to construct it:

  • Mechanical systems, building insulation and sensor controls should save 30 percent more energy than a typical structure that meets Oregon building codes.
  • Heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting equipment installation, calibration and operation is optimal.
  • Due to low-flow toilets, sensor-operated faucets and other innovations, the water use should be 42 percent less than ordinary building practices would yield.
  • About 75 percent of all construction debris was targeted for recycling.
  • Recycled content comprises 16 percent of all materials in the building, and 36 percent of the materials were manufactured locally.
  • Sustainably-harvested wood is integrated into the building, and heavy timbers from the original structure were salvaged to incorporate into benches, stair treads and accent trim.
  • Operable windows, lighting controls, and layout maximize use of daylight and comfort for users.
  • Air quality was preserved by minimizing the volatile organic compounds in materials, adhesives, finishes and paints.

Kearney, which is home to the School of Construction and Civil Engineering, was recently restored thanks in part to a $4 million gift from OSU alumni Lee and Connie Kearney – graduates in civil engineering, 1963, and education, 1965. It features recycled materials, nontoxic finishes, salvaged woods, efficient lighting, low-flow fixtures and native landscaping.


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