Lane demonstrates its commitment to sustainability in its major construction and remodels. Since adopting the "Sustainability: Design and Construction" policy in 2006, all new construction has been LEED certified at the Gold level or higher and all major remodels have used LEED criteria as a guide for design.
The 2013 Building 11 remodel consisted of interior reworking to provide several new classrooms spaces on the first floor and a new department suite and office for the Academic Learning Skills Division on the second floor. The project also involved significant modifications and upgrades to the mechanical systems. Lane did not attempt LEED certification in this small remodel, but did use LEED as a guide for design and construction. Green building aspects of this remodel include installation of new bike parking and two new bottle filling stations. The lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are more energy efficient. Insulation was added to new exterior walls making those walls up to 60% more insulating than required by code. New exterior windows are double pane and are significantly more insulating than the old single pane windows. The contractor recycled 80% of construction waste and four new recycling stations were installed for building occupants. Forest Stewardship Council certified wood was used for more than 50% of the total project wood use. Several of the construction materials also contained recycled-content including the linoleum flooring, the ceiling tiles, and the metal grid ceiling system. Click here for a detailed report on Building 11 green building practices.
[NOTE: Page 4 of the report states that "Sub-metering was connected to the building automation system as part of this project, so monitoring of energy use specific to this building will now be possible." As of November 19, 2013, the sub-metering has not been connected to the building automation system. Lane's Bond Management Team is working with the contractor to ensure that this item is completed. One recycling station for the second floor is also still under construction.]
Building 30 - Health and Wellness
Building 30 received LEED Gold Certification on October 10, 2012. This project includes solar thermal panels that provide heated water for the faucet and building heating. This building uses about half of the electricity of a traditional building and about 30% less water. More about Building 30...
Building 61a - Downtown Campus - Academic
Lane's new Downtown Campus academic building opened in January 2013 and received LEED Platinum certification in 2014. The building is expected to use about half of the energy of a traditional building and over 35% less water. A green roof over the conference center helps to slow rainwater runoff. it acts as a sponge, absorbing the rainwater and slowly releasing it, reducing the necessary size of storm water systems while also filtering out impurities. All of the rain that falls on the other roofs is collected and stored in two 10,000 gallon tanks located below the West Courtyard. This rainwater harvesting system provides the water used to flush the toilets throughout the Downtown Campus. Geothermal wells provide the primary source of energy for heating and cooling. This system takes advantage of the constant temperature of the earth, which tempers the water that is circulated through the wells, minimizing the mechanical heating and cooling loads and reducing energy costs.
Building 61b - Downtown Campus - Residential
Titan Court opened in September 2012 and received LEED Gold certification in 2014. This building uses 32% less energy than a traditional building and has a bike loan program for residents. The LEED Scorecard details green features in this building. More about Building 61b...
The U.S. Green Building Council has information on green building and on the LEED Rating System.