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ECU seeks LEED certification for its new dining hall building

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The East Carolina University hopes to do some good to the environment with its new dining hall under construction. The Croatan Building being constructed on the eastern side of the main campus near Brewster and the Rivers buildings is to be the first structure on the campus that will conform to strict green building technique. Special attention has been paid to making the building as much sustainable and aesthetically gratifying as possible.

Replacing the decades old Croatan Building, which occupied less than 6,000 square feet, the new 18,000-square-foot building is expected to be awarded the LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. In order to acquire the certificate ECU will recycle all the construction waste, leaving nothing that would end up in landfills. The metal obtained from the site will be recycled and used for the new construction, while the trees removed for construction will be sent to a chipper to create mulch.

The new dining hall will incorporate a cistern to collect water to reduce storm water runoff from the site. To make up or the trees that are cut down for construction, trees will be planted at the area right behind the building that is presently covered by bricks. A total of $8.2 million will go into this new project, which is funded by dining receipts.

Via: Reflector

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