Innovation And Energy Efficiencies Earn Clayco LEED® Gold Certification For Washington University Engineering School Project - Clayco

Innovation And Energy Efficiencies Earn Clayco LEED® Gold Certification For Washington University Engineering School Project

St. Louis, MO (November 16, 2010)

Students and faculty at Washington University in St. Louis are now working and learning in the institution’s latest green building. Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall, an engineering facility on the Danforth Campus, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). 

Brauer Hall was recently constructed by St. Louis-based design-builder Clayco Inc. 
“Brauer Hall’s LEED Gold certification is the result of an outstanding collaboration between Clayco and Washington University. The partnership continually demonstrates environmental stewardship as it refines and reevaluates groundbreaking design and construction methods for maximum sustainability and energy efficiencies,” said Steve Street, Clayco vice president and project executive on the Brauer Hall construction.

Achieving 44 points within the LEED rating system – well-surpassing the 39 points required to meet the Gold level – Brauer Hall met rigorous standards for building sustainability, water and energy efficiency, materials and resources, and building envelope quality. 

The most impressive green element included the repurposing of a century-old brick sewer line located more than ten feet below grade and adjacent to the building itself. The five hundred foot long abandoned sewer line would have been filled in, rather than refurbished, in a typical new construction project. However, the team chose to reuse the brick sewer, which was eight feet in diameter, and route stormwater from the building’s roofing system into the capped-off line storing approximately 180,000 gallons of water. This created a storm water collection system where the reclaimed water will be used for landscape irrigation.

Other unique design features included the use of recycled, ground blue jeans as insulation throughout the building, and more than 80 on-site bike racks and two showers to encourage alternative transportation measures and reduce potential transportation pollution.

The building serves as the home for the dean of the engineering school, the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering as well as additional space for the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The 150,000-square-foot-structure includes 27 dedicated-to-research laboratories designed to maximize flexibility across the range of aquatics, aerosols, synthetic chemistry, and biomedical research activities that will be undertaken in the facility.

“This is Washington University’s ninth major facility to earn LEED certification, and its third facility to achieve Gold status. Clayco built Washington University’s first LEED Gold building, Danforth University Center, in 2008,” commented Street. Washington University’s Genome Sequencing Data Center has also achieved LEED Gold certification.

Joining Clayco on the project, RMJM served as the architect and Open Field Design acted as the LEED consultant.