One of Wayne State University's newest buildings is now one of its greenest thanks for the
Marvin I. Danto Engineering Development Center
winning LEED Silver certification.
The U.S. Green Building Council
awards LEED certification, silver is one of the highest levels, for sustainability features. The Danto Engineering Development Center met specific requirements in five environmental categories, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
"It just makes sense," says Deb Brazen, senior project manager for planning at Wayne State University
. "We're a large urban campus and it's prudent for us to be aware of our impact on the environment."
She adds that three more buildings on the Wayne State University campus are up for LEED certification and at least two of those are going for silver status or higher.
The Danto Engineering Development Center is home to engineering research in alternative energy, nanotechnology, biotechnology, smart sensors, advanced propulsion and other translational research areas. It opened with the goal of mixing both the academic and business worlds in a way that would promote economic development in Michigan.
Source: Deb Brazen, senior project manager for planning at Wayne State University
Writer: Jon Zemke
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