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The atrium of the Fort Wayne campus of Manchester University and its College of Pharmacy
News release (March 27, 2013)
Manchester University has received its first LEED Gold certification for the environmentally friendly design and construction of its Fort Wayne campus, College of Pharmacy structure in Fort Wayne.
The first students in the professional Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program began classes last August in the 82,000-square-foot building on Manchester’s new campus at Dupont and Diebold roads. The University adopted a policy in 2009 that all projects be planned sustainable practices and methods.
“This is our first LEED certified building at Manchester and we are very pleased. We were aiming at Silver and struck Gold,” said CFO Jack Gochenaur. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building program for the entire lifecycle of a building, with measurable design, construction, operation and maintenance solutions.
Buildings the U.S. Green Building Council certifies as LEED curb operating costs, conserve energy and water, reduce landfill waste and harmful greenhouse gas emissions and provide a healthy working environment.
The Fort Wayne campus and College of Pharmacy structure were designed with energy-saving low-flow valves and faucets and high-performance insulation. Almost 32 percent of the construction used recycled materials and 35 percent of the purchased energy is renewable, or “green.” The project diverted 75 percent of its construction waste from landfills.
Almost half the Fort Wayne campus is vegetated, true green space. Even the storm water is captured and recirculated for cooling the two-story structure and watering the lawns, plants and trees. Drivers of fuel-efficient vehicles get the best parking spaces and the tobacco-free campus has a sheltered bicycle area. Public and private transportation are close at hand, as is a walking trail.
“MKS has been involved in numerous LEED certified projects but this is the first that we served as the LEED AP (accredited professional) and managed the process from start to finish. We had a great team for this project and were thrilled to be able to achieve enough points to get the LEED Gold certification,” said David Michael, LEED AP for Michael Kinder and Sons Inc.
“Several other buildings on our North Manchester campus are designed as energy-efficient structures,” said Gochenaur. The new Academic Center – transformed from the Holl-Kintner Hall of Science – was designed “green,” as was the MU Union. “We are making great progress by uniting our LEED-trained staff with creative external engineering resources as we retrofit buildings and recycle heating and air conditioning sources. We are committed to maximizing Manchester University’s green potential.”
MU College of Pharmacy faculty and staff moved into the Fort Wayne campus in June 2012 – just one year after construction began. While Manchester plans to add other learning opportunities at the very flexible Fort Wayne campus, the building was designed especially for the four-year professional Pharm.D. program. A $35 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. provided the foundation for the pharmacy program and its pharmacy-perfect facility.
Students arrived in early August 2012 and are well into their second semester of classes, laboratory and service experiences. The building also houses conference facilities, including a 150-seat auditorium and a secure art gallery.
For more about Manchester University’s College of Pharmacy, visit www.manchester.edu/pharmacy or call 260-470-2700.