The US Green Building Council (USGBC) club hosted a tour of Rogers Science Hall on Jan. 17. This tour was meant to introduce people to the new science building and to enlighten them to the ways Queens is striving to make an environmental impact on campus by using natural resources and sustainable energy.
USGBC hosted N.C. Rep. Becky Carney and representatives from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Davidson College for the tour, lead by Troy Luttman, associate vice president of design and construction at Queens.
Rogers is a LEED Platinum Certified building, designed to incorporate science and be environmentally functional. This starts with the green wall. As you approach the building, you see the large double helix formed in the plants on the wall. This wall is supported by the irrigation system that stretches around campus to water the lawn and the cooling system.
Luttman said they wanted to spare as many trees as possible during construction. Those that had to come down were re-utilized for furniture flooring and artwork inside the building. Other trees were blocked off in order to protect them from the construction equipment.
Currently, solar panels on top of South help supplement energy in the science hall. A solar farm is being planned to go on the roof of the Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation in order to use more green energy and utilize natural resources. Plans are underway for a screen in the lobby of Rogers to monitor how much energy each lab is using and how much solar energy is being used.
Through the construction of Rogers Science Hall, Luttman said, Queens has shown that it values the environment and how they are willing to go the extra mile to make an environmental impact on campus and in the Charlotte community.