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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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. Each building received LEED Silver certification through the LEED for New Construction program. 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.
The Inman Admissions Welcome Center was designed and constructed to be a high performance sustainable building using the LEED for New Construction program and received a Silver certification. The 30,000 square feet facility is the first stop for thousands of prospective students and guests who visit campus each year and houses the Admissions and Financial Planning Offices. The building is 27% more energy efficient than a building that just meets the energy code, and the low-flow plumbing fixtures are expected to reduce the building's potable water usage by 36%.
Schar Hall and Steers Pavilion were designed and constructed using the principles of the LEED program. These facilities provide additional space and features for the School of Communications. Dwight C. Schar Hall has a large media innovation lab, classrooms, student engagement spaces, faculty offices and the 250-seat Turner Theatre, among other spaces. Steers Pavilion is the home of the internationally renowned Imaging the Internet Center and contains additional faculty offices and student centered spaces. LEED Silver certification through the LEED for New Construction program is the target for the project. The buildings are energy and water efficient, and during construction more than 75% of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill to be recycled or reused.
Belk and Spence Pavilions, the Koury Business Center and the Colonnades Dining Hall and Residence Halls have the following features.