Campus Initiatives: Buildings

Elon has adopted a Green Building Policy. New construction projects and major renovations consisting of 8,000 or more square feet of conditioned, occupied space will achieve LEED certification. LEED Silver certification is the strongly preferred level and in no case will such projects achieve less than LEED Certified certification. New projects less than 8,000 square feet and minor renovations must follow the University’s Sustainability Design Standards at a minimum.
Prior to the policy, many of Elon’s buildings were designed and built with sustainability in mind. Specifically, the last two buildings of the Academic Village (Belk and Spence), the Koury Business Center, and the Colonnades Dining Hall and Residence Halls all have sustainable features.

Lindner Hall – LEED Gold

Martha S. and Carl H. Lindner III Hall  is the first building on campus to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the USGBC (US Green Building Council). Lindner Hall has the sustainable features of the buildings mentioned above but also has unique features not included in previous buildings on campus. For example, on the roof of Lindner Hall there are photovoltaic panels as well as a solar water heating system. The energy created by these systems provides a portion of the building’s energy needs, which reduces the need for fossil fuel based energy. The touch screen display in the lobby allows building occupants and visitors to see how much energy the solar systems are generating. It also displays the overall energy and water usage of the building. This information is accessible online, as well.

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Alumni Field House - LEED Gold

The Alumni Field House is 30,000 square feet and sits at the north end zone of Rhodes Stadium. It was named to honor all Elon alumni. A LEED Gold certification has been awarded for the building. Some of the facility's sustainable features include an energy efficient mechanical system, low-flow plumbing fixtures, bioretention areas for stormwater infiltration, recycled content and regional materials and low-emitting materials. The touch screen display in the lobby will provide access to the campus wide electricity monitoring system, which provides real-time electricity consumption information for over 50 buildings on campus including the Alumni Field House. It is also accessible online. For the Field House, users will be able to compare total electricity use to lighting use, plug use or HVAC use.

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Loy Center Houses - LEED Platinum

The new Loy Center Houses (N, O/P, Q, R and S) are located behind the Moseley Center and across the street from the Koury Business Center on Phoenix Drive. They are the newest addition to the Greek Life residential area and increased the number of Greek organizations housed on campus. The houses received LEED for Homes Platinum certification. The LEED for Homes program began in 2008 specifically for single and multi-family residences. The new Loy Center houses are the first facilities on Elon's campus to utilize the LEED for Homes program. Elon is the first college or university in North Carolina to have 6 LEED for Homes certified structures on its campus. Since O/P is a duplex, it received two certifications - one for each side. Some of the sustainable features in the houses include an energy efficient mechanical system, high-efficiency water heater, Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency thermal envelope to prevent unwanted air transfer, dual-flush toilets and other low-flow plumbing fixtures, regional materials and low-emitting materials.

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Colonnades Residential Buildings - LEED Gold

Colonnades Residence Halls C, D and E, now known as Kivette Hall, William W. Staley Hall and William A. Harper Hall respectively, complete the Colonnades Neighborhood located behind Koury Business Center. Each of the new residence halls is about 33,500 square feet and consists of student residential rooms and common or lounge space, as well as laundry and kitchen space. Kivette Hall is also the location of the Colonnades Neighborhood office. The buildings are 34 to 44% more energy efficient than a building that meets the standard building energy code. A large contributor to this energy efficiency is the geothermal system, which provides the primary source of heating and cooling for the 3 new residence halls and the 2 existing residence halls in the Colonnades Neighborhood. The system consists of heat pumps that utilize the Earth’s nearly constant temperature (between 50° and 60°F) to heat and cool the residence halls. They transfer heat from the ground into the buildings in the winter and reverse the process in the summer.

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Francis Center - LEED Silver 

The Gerald L. Francis Center, the new home of the School of Health Sciences, underwent a major renovation with a focus on sustainability. It houses the doctor of physical therapy and new master of physician assistant studies programs. It consists of 60,307 square feet of classroom, lab, office, meeting, lounge and common space. To decrease the use of new materials, the existing exterior and structural walls, foundation and structural roof deck were reused for the new facility. Overall, 95% of the existing structural elements were maintained and reused. The renovated building is 22% more energy efficient, and its low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce potable water usage by 41%.

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Station at Mill Point - LEED Silver (Depot Building) and LEED for Homes Gold

The Station at Mill Point, Elon University’s newest residential community, was designed and constructed using the principles of the LEED program. It contains 24 residential buildings and a 5,091 square foot depot building. The depot building has achieved LEED Silver certification through the LEED for New Construction program. It provides residents with a fitness center, meeting rooms and social space and serves as the community office for Residence Life staff. There are 4 types of residential buildings in the community and one of each type went through the formal LEED for Homes certification process and earned LEED for Homes Gold certification. The other residential buildings have been designed and constructed in the same manner. The new upperclassmen village was designed to provide 324 students with an off-campus experience while remaining a part of the university community. It is located on Williamson Avenue across from the Town of Elon fire station. Construction began in September of 2011 and was complete in August 2012.

Click here for more details on the sustainable features of the residential buildings at the Station at Mill Point.

Click here for more details on the sustainable features of the depot building at the Station at Mill Point.

Lakeside Dining Hall - LEED Silver

Lakeside Dining Hall was designed and constructed using the principles of the LEED program. The 37,428 square foot facility includes a state of the art retail food court and extensive dining hall on the first floor and a large second-floor conference facility to provide additional space for campus programs. The project earned a LEED Silver certification through the LEED for New Construction program. The building is 20% more energy efficient than a code compliant building and has low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce potable water usage by 33%. During the construction of the building, about 76% of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill to be recycled or reused.

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Numen Lumen Pavilion - LEED Silver 

The Numen Lumen Pavilion was designed and constructed using the principles of the LEED program. The 15,508 square foot facility located in the Academic Village houses the university’s Multifaith Center. It is a place for prayer, meditation and reflection for all individuals on campus and encourages campus dialogue and promotes interfaith collaboration. The project earned LEED Silver certification through the LEED for New Construction program. The building is 18% more energy efficient than a code compliant building and has low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce potable water usage by 42%. During the construction of the building, over 95% of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill to be recycled or reused.

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Global Neighborhood - LEED Registered

The Global Neighborhood buildings were designed and constructed using the principles of the LEED program. There are 5 residential buildings and the Commons building, a total of over 225,000 square feet.  The Neighborhood is home to 600 students and the Commons building contains office space for several student-centered offices. LEED Silver certification through the LEED for New Construction program is the target for the buildings. The buildings have energy and water efficient systems to reduce resource use. During construction of the buildings, over 90% of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill to be recycled or reused.

 

Sustainable Features

Belk and Spence Pavilions, the Koury Business Center and the Colonnades Dining Hall and Residence Halls have the following features.

  • Site Stewardship
    • A stormwater management system that collects the stormwater and allows it to percolate through the soil, which reduces stormwater runoff and protects the surrounding watershed. 
    • Best management practices were utilized during construction to prevent sedimentation and erosion.
    • Bike racks are provided to promote alternative transportation.
    • There is a University bus line stop nearby to reduce the use of single occupancy vehicles.
    • The number of parking spaces provided is limited to the number required by zoning to preserve green space.
    • The building and landscaping were designed to shade the site and reduce the heat island effect.
       
  • Water Conservation
    • Low flow plumbing fixtures are used throughout.
    • Landscaping design utilizes vegetation adapted to the regional climate, and the water used to irrigate is supplied 100% with reclaimed stormwater.
  • Energy Conservation
    • The introduction of natural light reduces the need for artificial lighting. 
    • Occupancy sensors were used to reduce energy consumption when spaces are not in use.
    • Energy-efficient lighting fixtures were included to reduce the amount of energy needed to light the building. 
    • The Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system has advance control options that respond to outdoor conditions and building schedule to conserve energy and improve air quality.
    • Energy Star rated appliances were used. 
    • The mechanical system incorporates energy efficient motors and fans.
    • The water heating system is highly efficient.   
  • Resource Conservation
    • Building materials with recycled content were used such as gypsum board, ceiling tile, insulation, and steel. 
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
    • The HVAC system supplies fresh air, which improves indoor air quality. 
    • During construction, the mechanical system equipment was protected to prevent contamination from dust, dirt, and debris.
    • The paint used contains little to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
    • The flooring and flooring adhesives used contain little to no chemicals.
    • The windows are operable allowing users to get fresh air when desired.
    • The building was designed to provide natural daylight and views to the outside.
    • The mechanical system equipment is located away from occupied spaces to prevent noise pollution.