The Plan commits Clarkson to employ green technologies
and construction techniques that create a sustainable campus for generations to come. The University has adopted green building policies, including a commitment to pursuing LEED Silver certification on all current and future construction. For example, the Technology Advancement Center (TAC) has a microturbine to provide heat and power, solar thermal systems, rainwater collection and low-flow toilets. In 2011, the TAC was certified at the LEED gold level.
This past year, projects to enhance Clarkson’s learning-living environment included the development of the Nanoengineering and Biotechnology Laboratories Center to provide support for Clarkson researchers working in this emerging area and the reconfiguration of Moore House, a residential facility that also houses the CEO floor, a dynamic living-learning community created in partnership with the School of Business.
Nano-Bio-Technology is one of the fastest growing areas of modern research. NanoBio research applies the tools and processes of nano/microfabrication to study biological systems, create smart functionalized materials and systems.
Clarkson faculty currently working in this area are focused on cancer cell research, fine particles for bio and medical applications, synthesis of smart materials, and advanced biosensors.
To support faculty research as well as educational programs for students in this area, Clarkson University established the Nanoengineering and Biotechnology Laboratories Center (NABLAB).
The new NABLAB facility was built as an extension to the existing CAMP-Rowley building complex. The facility adds one classroom that will seat 56 students, eight state-of-the-art labs, one conference room, 10 offices, one hazardous material room, as well as a first-floor walkway connector.
Clarkson’s National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR) led by Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Stephanie Schuckers is located in this space, as well as the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST), which is led by Founding Director and Herman L. Shulman Endowed Chair Charles Robinson.
Residence Halls Get More Than a Facelift
Fourth floors were added to all of the major residence halls over the past three years. The extension of the buildings upwards helps to preserve campus green space and save energy while providing extra beds needed to house students.
A start on a complete update of the Woodstock Apartment Complex began with the renovation of one building in 2011 and the remaining units scheduled for renovation over the next couple of years.
Renovations to Moore House, which houses about 275 students, include a fourth floor addition on each wing with dorm suites for upperclassmen. The center core portion of the project includes a conference space and patio. The project also includes updates to the exterior finishes, such as masonry, siding and windows. This portion of the project will continue throughout the winter and is expected to be complete in the summer of 2012.
All of the residence hall renovation projects follow Clarkson’s new document defining standards for residential buildings, which includes several green building requirements for low VOC paint, low-flow water appliances, well-insulated roofs and windows, and high-efficiency energy and lighting systems.