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Malone Center – LEED Gold

The Malone Center, home to the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was completed in 2005 and received a LEED Gold rating.  The building is comprised of 65,000 square feet of laboratories and offices equipped for cutting-edge research—all while consuming 10 percent less power than a standard building of comparable size.  Such energy savings are achieved through a combination of new technologies and sustainable design best practices.  For instance, the building’s position and window placement optimize exposure to natural daylight, while occupancy and ambient light sensors regulate artificial light, temperature control, and ventilation. Laboratory waste water is filtered and used to flush the toilets.  Low flow bathroom fixtures use water sparingly, reducing water use by 85 percent compared to a standard building. Seventy five percent of the building’s woodwork comes from sustainably managed forests, and all of the paints, carpets, and other interior finishes were chosen for their low emission of air contaminants.  In addition, ninety percent of the building project’s construction debris was recycled.