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UWFox Communication Arts Center Will be the First Certified Green-Designed Building in the UW System

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CAC to be First LEED-Certified Academic Building in UW System

A construction site superintendent
Mark Voight (far left) watches and
listens as architect Trevor Frank
(center, back to camera) explains
the design and layout of the
performance area to UWFox students
while standing on the main floor
of the 361-seat theatre within the CAC

CAC to be First LEED-Certified Academic Building in UW System

Jim Eagon, assistant dean for
administrative services, explains some
of the energy efficient designs
of the CAC to Greg Peter,
assistant professor of sociology at
UWFox during a special tour
for students and faculty members.

It’s visible from seven miles away as it majestically stands seven stories tall on the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley campus. The new Communication Arts Center (CAC) is expected to be the first academic building within the UW System that will earn a LEED certification when it opens in time for fall semester 2009.

At 75 feet high, 144 feet wide and nearly 158 feet long, the 51,000-square-foot CAC has been designed and is being built within the guidelines of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Site design and utilization, heat-recovery units, leading-edge air-handling and rigorous energy management systems, efficient motors and lighting systems, and water conservation systems are among the many design features included in the CAC so that the new building is energy wise and resource conservative.

“Even the wood used for portions of the CAC came from a certified and managed forest, per LEED guidelines,” explains Jim Eagon, UWFox assistant dean for administrative services and the campus liaison with the builder and architect.

The $14-million building is being funded through the support of Outagamie and Winnebago counties (each contributing $5.3 million), and the UW-Fox Valley Foundation, which has raised nearly $1,548,140 of the $2 million it has pledged to contribute. The state of Wisconsin is slated to provide nearly $1.345 million for moveable equipment for the facility.

The CAC will include a 361-seat academic-grade theater, five classrooms, a 2,000-square-foot art gallery, five offices that include a box office and scene shop office, and an area suitable for outdoor activities. In accordance with LEED guidelines, the CAC is designed for rooftop gardens that will help manage storm water, while its plants will add to local air quality. Additionally included is the upgrading and relocation of a one-acre storm water detention pond and the planting of 74 trees around the building.

“The LEED site design even includes 17 designated prime parking spaces for alternative fuel vehicles,” Eagon explained.

Posted 12/23/2008