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Facilities Planning and Management

Facilities Planning and Management provides the university a range of services that help keep the campus operating for students, faculty, staff and visitors. FP&M is at the forefront of our recycling service, energy conservation and energy efficiency initiatives. In addition, FP&M oversees design and construction of new buildings and renovation of existing buildings. Click here to read more about FP&M.

 

IBio Project Diverts Construction Debris From Landfills

The Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio) construction project is well on its way as the crane and other heavy machinery can be seen moving around the steadily evolving building site however there is a lot happening that you do not see.  Sustainable building has helped guide the project and, while the project is far from complete, it is targeted to achieve gold certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) once complete. Gold certification requires a total of 60 – 79 LEED credits.

“LEED provides a guideline for new construction to be built sustainably,” said Daryl Pierson, WSU’s Sustainability Coordinator, who explained that several credits are being achieved during the construction process on the former Dalgleish Cadillac building. “Two credits are being earned by using 75% of the existing structure’s main elements and another two credits are being earned by diverting over 75% of the construction debris from the waste stream. We currently have a 94% waste diversion rate on the project so we’re doing pretty well in that area.”

In addition to these and many other LEED credits, the construction site is limiting its use of paper by utilizing electronics and technology that allow plans and images to be shared electronically instead of printing on paper. Site plans are displayed on a smart board and can be accessed on tablet computers eliminating the need for printing these documents for various skilled trade personnel. Any updates to the plans are done electronically which further enhances the sustainability on the construction site. 

Green Roofs

The A. Paul Schaap Chemistry Building features two green roof areas that have live vegetative roof areas that provide numerous benefits to the building by reducing storm water runoff from the building, reducing the amount of energy required to cool the building, and reducing the heat island effect.  The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights also features a green roof on the new construction. The images below show the green roof on the Law School's Keith Center and the two green roofs on the Schaap Chemistry Building.

  

 

Heat Island effect

The FP&M team designed and constructed pedestrian walking surfaces that incorporate highly reflective paving integrated with exposed aggregate accents. Large flower trees lined the main entry to further shade walks, to help minimize what is referred to as the heat island effect or elevated surface temperatures in developed urban areas.

 

 

Low Emitting Materials

Interior construction materials are an integral part of the indoor air environment. FPM's project teams specify that new construction materials (i.e. paint, sealants, adhesives and carpet) contain little to no Volatile Organic Compounds also known as VOC’s.  Limiting the levels of VOC’s in new construction provides cleaner environments for building users.

 

Green Housekeeping

In campus operations, WSU is focused on the purchasing and utilization of Green Seal certified cleaning supplies. The goal of the Green Housekeeping initiative is to limit the exposure of hazardous chemicals to staff and students while helping reduce the University’s environmental footprint.