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Green Project


University of Minnesota


SJA (Architect of Record); Perkins+Will (Design)

Boldt Role:

General Contractor

Key Points:

This project is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) NC Gold Certified.

University of Minnesota

Labovitz School of Business And Economics

Duluth, MN

A major focus of the University of Minnesota is on contributing knowledge and innovations to a healthier, sustainable world. So when the university chose a general contractor for its school of business and economics, it wanted a team with experience incorporating the latest in sustainable and energy-saving features.

Boldt worked with SJA architects and Perkins+Will designers to construct a 65,000 sq. ft., three-story facility from recycled, locally produced and rapidly renewable materials.

Made from precast concrete, recycled steel and FSC-certified wood, the building incorporates highly efficient air-handling, electrical and telecommunications systems. Increased insulation, low-emissive glass and occupancy sensors save energy inside, while surface storm water management uses sand and native plants to filter water outside.

The new LEED® NC Gold Certified facility provides space for classrooms, offices, labs, a lecture hall, and gathering and study areas. Green materials were used throughout the interior, such as bamboo and biodegradable flooring and Green Guard Certified carpet tiles and furniture.