LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009
UALR Student Services Center
LEED Gold 2013
The building serves as a figurative “front door” to the campus, and therefore, the team sought to create a project that was open and inviting for students, parents, and visitors.
The Student Services Center represents a new level of excellence at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (<The Student Services Center represents a new level of excellence at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). UALR is a public four-year research university in Little Rock, Arkansas and the second largest university by enrollment in the state. Located on more than 150 tree-lined acres in Arkansas' largest city, the UALR campus encompasses forty buildings for over 100 programs of study, including special learning facilities such as a learning resource center, art galleries, radio station, television station, cyber café, and speech and hearing clinic. The campus is continuing to grow at a steady rate, creating the need for additional facilities.
The Student Services Center is a one-stop site for prospective and current students to learn about UALR, apply, register, meet with academic advisers, find financial aid, enroll, and apply for graduation. The 48,529- square-foot glass and brick building houses many campus departments, including the Administration, Admissions & Financial Aid, Records & Registration, Student Accounts, Cashier, University College, Private Scholarships, Veteran Affairs, and Transfer Services. The four-story, modern building also includes a 188-seat auditorium and a sky-bridge that connects to the Donaghey Student Center. Strategically located adjacent to the Ottenheimer Library and the Donaghey Student Center and near campus dorms, the center serves as a pedestrian entrance to the heart of the campus for students and visitors.
UALR pursued LEED certification to demonstrate the campus’ ongoing commitment to sustainable building.
Through careful coordination and planning, UALR achieved LEED Gold certification for the Student Services Center in 2013. UALR prioritized energy efficiency, community connectivity, and natural resource management on this project. By upgrading the physical plant and installing equipment like daylight sensors, the project team achieved 30% energy savings in comparison to ASHRAE 90.1-2007 standards. At the heart of an urban campus, the building is accessible to pedestrians and surrounded by community resources. Replacing an existing parking lot, the project increased the density of the campus and the amount of open space available for students to enjoy. The project added 78,021 square feet—more than twice the building footprint—of vegetated, open space to the campus. LEED Gold Certification reflects UALR’s commitment to improving the campus environment and supporting student achievement.
This project profile was published in collaboration with the USGBC Arkansas Chapter