Chico State University to Break Ground on Sustainable Science Building

After more than 10 years of planning, Chico State University will begin construction of the $101 million green facility this summer. This new physical sciences building will be 110,200 square-feet, housing chemistry, physics, science education labs, outdoor classrooms, and more.

Green Building in CaliforniaThe green building initiative was important to the campus and their commitment to climate change.

Plans were put into motion when the existing Siskiyou Hall was deemed inadequate for the needs of both professors and students in the various science programs at the university. It wasn’t until students and faculty voiced their concerns about the environmental impact the new building would have, that the university made the decision to build green with this new structure. The campus is now fully committed to reaching carbon neutrality.

The future physical sciences building incorporates several sustainable goals for the university.

The forward-thinking structure will be electric-powered and built for the future goal of going completely carbon neutral. This new building will feature shading and sunscreens that will decrease the energy consumption and maximize daylight. It will also embrace other water-saving measures and right-sizing laboratory equipment loads.

New technology and design will decrease the amount of greenhouse gases emitted compared to the existing building.

The university’s objective is to emit 860,000-1.15 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year, but they are hoping they exceed their expectations. If they reduce the amount to 580,000-860,000 pounds annually, the new sustainable building will be eligible for LEED gold certification.

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