Release Date: February 24, 2009

Boldt overseeing LEED-Certified project at Lawrence University

Western Builder

The Boldt Company, Appleton, WI, has completed 25 projects built to LEED guidelines nationwide and has several projects under way that are seeking LEED certification or being built according to sustainable guidelines.

One sizeable project that's nearing completion is the Lawrence University Campus Center in Appleton, WI.

The $35-million building is a 106,000-square-foot facility scheduled to open in early 2009.

It will qualify for LEED Silver Certification and is an example of the university's "Sustainable Lawrence" initiative, which for the next two years will integrate sustainable principals through educational policies, activities and eco-friendly behavior.

The project has diverted more than 95 percent of all construction waste from landfills and has recycled 5.54 million pounds of concrete. "Waste recycling goals for the project have been set higher than the LEED guidelines because we know we can be innovative in this area," said Nick Mueller, Boldt's LEED Accredited Professional on the project.

Sustainable elements in the project include:

The building's minimized footprint limits disturbance to native soils and plant species, controls erosion, and maintains native habitat for wildlife. Special low-flow plumbing fixtures use 30 percent less water than standard fixtures. The vegetated and reflective roof and pavement help control heat retention and loss. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems use 21 percent less energy than industry standards require. Native and adaptive plant/landscape choices capitalize on ambient moisture and reduce the need for additional irrigation. Interior building materials contain no formaldehyde and low levels of volatile organic compounds, helping to ensure healthy indoor air quality. The basement features a changing room with shower facilities specifically for bicyclists, rollerbladers or others using alternate transportation.