LEED BD+C: New Construction v2.2
LEED Gold 2011
As the first LEED Gold building in the University of Arkansas system, the George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) has provided a strong model for green building at Arkansas universities.
As the first LEED Gold building in the University of Arkansas system, the George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) has provided a strong model for green building at Arkansas universities. The EIT is part of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), a premier public university in the center of Arkansas. UALR founded the EIT in 1999 to prepare students to meet the specific job skill needs of the area’s growing high-tech business community.
In 2010 UALR completed a six-floor facility for the EIT using green building technology. The building’s primary purpose is to provide space for education, research, and faculty offices. The 115,000 square-foot facility includes 16 classrooms, a 215-seat auditorium, 4,000 square feet of server rooms, 60 faculty offices, a dean’s suite, a student lounge, a café, and graduate research spaces. The building serves approximately 1,000 students from all over the state and country and from 38 different countries around the world. More than 50% of those enrolled in the college are first-generation college students.
Since the part of the EIT’s mission is to educate the next generation of engineers, it was fitting for the building team to use cutting-edge, green building strategies and work towards LEED certification. The green design is an important educational tool for students and visitors. As the tallest building on campus, the EIT makes a bold statement about UALR’s commitment to sustainability. The first of many LEED-certified buildings on UALR’s campus, the EIT building has led the way for future green projects on university campuses across Arkansas. UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson explains the significance of LEED certification on campus: “Consistent sustainability practices are necessary for our future as a campus a state, and as a nation. This LEED certification demonstrates UALR’s commitment to sustainable facilities and practices. It is our priority to achieve the very important objective of being a responsible steward of the physical resources on campus, as set forth in UALR’s strategic plan.”
Site: Located on the UALR campus, the EIT sits at a “crossroads” location between different economic, racial, and cultural elements in Little Rock. To the north and west lie the more prosperous areas of the city while to the south are less affluent neighborhoods. UALR’s diverse student body reflects its place as a crossroads. The EIT has a prominent position on the 150 acre UALR campus.