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FAU Hosts ‘Ground Greening’ Event for College of Engineering and Computer Science’s New Building

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 15, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University recently celebrated the official “ground greening” of the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s Engineering I building. This will be the first building of a planned complex of buildings on the northeast side of the Boca Raton campus.

            Being “environmentally conscious” was the theme for the day’s event. Karl K. Stevens, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, welcomed community leaders and representatives from government, education, the state legislature and private industry to the on-site ceremony. Hard hats, green shovels and bags of dirt were provided for awaiting dignitaries, but no digging took place. The “greening” ceremony involved pouring dirt around a tree that will be part of the building’s finished landscape.

Participating in the ceremony were FAU President Frank T. Brogan ’81; Karl K. Stevens, dean of FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science; FAU Board of Trustees members Armand Grossman ’67, ’70, ’77 and Tom Workman ’71; Florida Representative Adam Hasner; Rick Derrer, president of James A. Cummings, Inc; Peter LoBello, president of Solar Transportation Solutions, LLC and member of the FAU Foundation; Fred Yentz, president and CEO of ILS Technology and FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science executive advisory council chair; William Hanser, principal of Schwab, Twitty and Hanser; and Susan Haynie, member of the Boca Raton City Council. Also in attendance was FAU philanthropist Marleen Forkas.

            “Because our college is at the forefront of energy conservation and environmental research, it is important our new home showcase to the community what we are teaching and learning,” said Stevens. “I think of this building as a living laboratory of ideas. After much planning, we are excited to see it become a reality.”

            The Engineering I building project is registered with the US Green Building Council with the University’s full commitment to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification, the highest level of LEED Certification possible. This level of certification is only awarded to an elite few of all certified projects. The LEED designation ensures the building is energy efficient, uses innovative technologies and offers users a clean, healthy interior environment.

            An appropriation of $43 million from the state’s Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) program is funding the project. In addition, a $50,000 planning grant for sustainable design was received from The Kresge Foundation Green Building Initiative.

            The 90,000-square-foot building will provide an environmentally friendly new home for engineering students, faculty and staff. The dynamic space will include classrooms, teaching labs, meeting rooms, study and workstations, reading lounges, food service venues and recreational/entertainment areas.

            Schwab, Twitty and Hanser Architectural Group was selected for its experience in designing other LEED-certified buildings. Construction will be handled by James A. Cummings, Inc., a Perini Corporation. The team will recycle construction waste, use renewable building products and purchase materials from within a 500-mile radius of the Boca Raton campus.                       


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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 10 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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