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Recent Addition Takes “Green” to a New Level

July 23, 2009, 12:21 am
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Northwest Nazarene University recently announced the completion of its newest education hub, the Thomas Family Health & Science Center. Aside from the shining new fixtures and room for the science departments to grow, this facility has been built using the latest in “green” and environmentally responsible technology.

Efforts to reduce the Center’s impact on the environment include the following structural features:

  • Both recycled and local building materials were used throughout the structure
  • A Phoenix Energy System, one of the most efficient and sustainable systems available, controls every ounce of energy throughout the building
  • Key-card building activation conserves energy when the building is not in use
  • Motion-sensitive lighting and hoods (enclosures in which the air is constantly removed to eliminate chemicals) conserve energy when specific rooms are not in use
  • Stacks on the roof ensure that the air expelled from the hoods tornadoes at least 100 feet into the air before dispersing to guarantee close proximity to the sun for quick disintegration of the particles
  • All energy is extracted from exhaust air and recycled back into the building before the air is released

It is also one of the first campus facilities to employ NNU’s new recycling initiative.

When speaking of NNU’s dedication to environmental responsibility throughout this project, architect Stan Olson said, “NNU’s approach is holistic, covering all aspects of living and learning—they are raising the bar in education while giving back to the local community and protecting the environment.”

Faculty and staff are in the process of moving into the 50,000 sq. ft. facility this summer. “The Thomas Family Health & Science Center is a dream come true and a tremendous addition to the education of science and nursing students,” NNU Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics Dr. Dan Nogales said.

To learn more about NNU’s efforts to ensure environmental responsibility contact Hollie Lindner at HMLindner@NNU.edu.

Photo Caption: Northwest Nazarene University’s newest addition, the Thomas Family Health & Science Center, has been built using environmentally sustainable methods and materials.


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