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Gift from The Kresge Foundation Helps Fund Construction of FAU’s “Green” Engineering and Computer Science Building

BOCA RATON, FL (April 24, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science recently received a $50,000 planning grant from The Kresge Foundation Green Building Initiative to help fund construction of the first engineering building in a proposed engineering complex on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The College's green building will be a showcase and “living laboratory” for sustainable development. This project is being designed to qualify for platinum level certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council. This facility is expected to be the first platinum level certified building in the state of Florida. The new building will provide faculty, staff and students with a comfortable, healthy environment.

“We are very excited to be the first to plan a platinum level LEED certified building in the State University System,” said College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean Karl Stevens, Ph.D., P.E. “This project is providing a learning experience for our engineering students, faculty and staff by having them participate in the entire building process.”

The Kresge Foundation Green Building Initiative advances environmental conservation by awarding planning grants for sustainable design. Environmental conservation, including sustainable building practices, environmental stewardship and sound land-use planning, is a core value of The Kresge Foundation.

The engineering complex will place FAU, the College and the South Florida community at the national forefront of efforts in energy conservation and design of sustainable infrastructure. It will serve as a “living” energy and environmental teaching and research center for the university and local K-14 communities, and will provide hands-on education and information about vital environmental and energy issues to the public and to students at all levels. An important model for the “green” capabilities of the participating design and construction firms, it will help provide the additional space required for serving an anticipated enrollment of 3,000 students, a faculty of 100 and a funded research activity of $25,000,000 annually.

The ground “greening” is scheduled for the fall of 2008 with expected completion at the end of 2009. Schwab, Twitty & Hanser is the architectural firm and James A. Cummings, Inc., part of the Perini Corporation, is the construction manager. LEED consulting is provided by Green Building Services.

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Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science is committed to providing accessible and responsive programs of education and research recognized nationally for their high quality. Course offerings are presented on-campus, off-campus, and through distance learning in bioengineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, geomatics engineering, mechanical engineering and ocean engineering.   For more information about the college, please visit www.eng.fau.edu .

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,   the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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