Eureka College: Easy being green

Staff Writer
Woodford Times
Eureka College's Sanders Hall, a 17,000-square-foot addition that joins with Vennum-Binkley. is an interdisciplinary building featuring a tiered, multimedia classroom and state-of-the-art chemistry labs.

A week before Sanders Hall’s first anniversary, Eureka College announced the building has earned green status.

The four-story, 17,270-square-foot facility that houses science labs and classrooms for a variety of courses was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification based on standards of the U.S. Green Buildings Council for its environmentally friendly construction and design.

Sanders Hall is the first building on the Eureka campus and in Woodford County to earn LEED certification, according to Vice President for Finance and Facilities Marc Pasteris.

“From site selection to energy consumption to water efficiency, Eureka College was focused on designing a building that would set the standard for future renovation and construction projects on campus,” Pasteris said. “LEED rating was always a consideration for this building, and as we proceeded we were pleased that we had accumulated enough rating points to achieve the silver designation.”

Sanders Hall’s sustainable design and construction features and practices include:

• A storm water system that captures runoff through rain gardens and naturalized retention basins.

• A water system in which the building and occupants consume 35 percent less water than traditional systems.

• Energy systems that utilize up to 80 percent less energy than conventional systems.

• Flooring made of recycled crushed glass.

• Materials and building products harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

• Low-emitting materials, including adhesives and sealants, paint and coatings, wood and agrifiber products and flooring systems.

“Eureka College’s mission is to provide learning and new ideas to our students, which includes citizens of the city of Eureka and Woodford County, and we desire to demonstrate best practices in stewardship, environmental responsibility and model sustainability to our community,” Pasteris said.

Pateris recognized Eureka College President J. David Arnold, CORE Construction, Architectural Design Group, LEED consultant Anthony Corso and Eureka College environmental studies professor Renee Mullen for their “leadership, commitment and dedication” to obtain the certification.

Sanders Hall is an addition to the existing Vennum-Binkley Science Hall, which was erected in 1916.

It is named for retired Eureka College history professor Richard Sanders, who donated $3 million toward the $6.7 million facility. It opened Aug. 26, 2014.