Just in time for the fall semester, Duquesne University is opening its newest resident facility, Des Places Hall. The 12-story, 400-bed resident facility is an all-suite, on campus residence hall, and will be home to juniors and seniors, as well as graduate and law students.
The residence hall was constructed with Gold LEED certification standards, and designed by WTW Architects.
Rob Dobish, executive director of facilities management, says the university has made a commitment to requiring any new construction, as well as renovations to existing buildings, to meet LEED standards.
“We want to minimize the negative impact we have on the environment,” Dobish says. “We really believe by doing that we're looking out for the environment’s best interest, and providing a good lesson for our students who we're here to train to be future leaders.”
The new structure replaces a former building of the same name, which housed academic and non-academic programming, including the studios of the former WDUQ radio station.
Duquesne announced plans to build the new hall in 2010 citing a need to meet growing on-campus housing needs amid a period of record-breaking enrollment.
The university estimates that sustainable efforts in the building’s construction will save at least 22 percent in energy use.
According to the university, environmentally friendly features in Des Places Hall include elevators that generate electricity as they break going down; a 5-kilowatt solar panel and light-colored roof membrane to offset heat buildup; underlay on ceramic tiles made with recycled materials; and a heat recovery unit.
Rubble from the demolition of the former Des Places Hall was either recycled or used for backfill on the site.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Rod Dobish