2012 ISCN Symposium Chatham University New School of Sustainability and the Environment


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2012 ISCN Symposium Chatham University New School of Sustainability and the Environment

  1. 1. 2012 Symposium The Power of PartnershipCase Study:Chatham University, New School ofSustainability and the Environment Dr. David Hassenzahl Chatham University DHassenzahl@Chatham.edu Sandra Mendler AIA, Principal Mithun Architects + Designers + Planners sandym@mithun.com
  2. 2. Case Study Authors• Dr. David Hassenzahl – Dean and Professor – Chatham University, School of Sustainability and the Environment – DHassenzahl@Chatham.edu• Sandy Mendler – Principal – Mithun Architects, Designers + Planners – SandyM@Mithun.com – www.mithun.com 2012 Symposium | Power of Partnership
  3. 3. About Our CampusChatham University, Pittsburgh PA• 140 year old original “Shadyside” campus• Urban “Eastside” industrial annex• New “Eden Hall” suburban/rural farm campusSize: 2300 studentsAcademic Programs:• Chatham College for Women• Graduate College• College of Continuing and Professional Studies• School of Sustainability and the Environment 2012 Symposium | Power of Partnership
  4. 4. Sustainability Efforts To-DateAASHE STARS Program University wideImprovements to Existing Campus• Sustainable retrofit of existing buildings• Pesticide Free campus• Solar hot water• Waste reduction (elimination of bottled water, trayless cafeteria, 100% composting of food waste, etc.)• Integrated bicycle planInnovative “Regenerative Design” of New Campus• LEED Platinum baseline• Energy Positive (net energy exporter)• Zero Waste• Onsite waste water management and reuse• Sustainable Agricultural and Aquaculture production• Pedestrian campus with biodiesel green machine shuttle to other campus locations 2012 Symposium | Power of Partnership
  5. 5. Case Study DescriptionMethods / Approach:Integrated Design Process using on-site charrettesStakeholders Involved: – Students – Faculty – Administration – Trustees – Community representatives – Local and state government – Foundations – Professional team members – Construction team members – Building industry partners – Academic partners 2012 Symposium | Power of Partnership
  6. 6. © Copyright Mithun, Inc. All Rights ReservedExisting Conditions – New Eden Hall Campus
  7. 7. © Copyright Mithun, Inc. All Rights ReservedApproved Campus Master Plan by BNIM and Andropogon
  8. 8. © Copyright Mithun, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  9. 9. Key OutcomesFacilities:• Campus Master Plan complete 2010• Master Plan approval from Township• Phase 1 Construction Documents complete 2012• Partial funding from private and public sources• Ground breaking fall 2012• Sustainable agricultural production begunAcademic Programming:• New Dean for School of Sustainability hired 2010• Faculty hired for School of Sustainability and Environment• First cohort Master of Arts in Food Studies graduated last May• First cohort Master of Sustainability to begin Fall 2012 2012 Symposium | Power of Partnership
  10. 10. Lessons Learned• Importance of attending to old and new campus• Importance of inclusive design process• Holistic solutions provide greatest benefits• Campus infrastructure opportunities provide large energy and water savings however phasing is challenging• Waste water treatment has been largest regulatory hurdle• Synergies between facilities and agriculture (opportunities to recycle nutrients in the landscape)• Transportation between locations remains large carbon footprint• Computer IT systems are largest energy load when buildings designed efficiently• Neighbors are enthusiastic and engaged• Buy-in from across campus community (sustainability is not a silo but integrated throughout curriculum) 2012 Symposium | Power of Partnership