The building's $4.1 million cost represents an investment in Northland's
commitment to apply in practice what it teaches about developing a
sustainable future. The new residence hall was designed with hundreds of
environmental considerations in mind. Originally, the goal was to
achieve energy and water efficiency at a rate 40% greater than a typical
building designed to code. The Energy Center of Wisconsin (an
organization funded by power utility companies) assisted the College in
engaging the Weidt Group to analyze the building's projected energy use.
The study estimates that the structure will
surpass the College's goal by another 10%, achieving a 50% greater
The two-story design features three wings housing, at full occupancy,
114 students. Living arrangements feature three styles: regular double
rooms, suites, and apartments. It also includes nine lounge or study
areas, and four different energy and waste management systems.
Among the special environmental features is a 120-foot 20 kilowatt wind
tower to be located at the northeast corner of the building. Three
photovoltaic arrays will provide efficient active solar energy
collection and help study the efficiency -- one array is stationary, a
second one tracks the sun's path horizontally, and the third tracks both
horizontally and vertically to maximize solar gain.
Fourteen solar panels placed on the roof of the south wing will preheat
hot water for use by residents. Composting waterless toilets in two of
the apartments will provide a demonstration of their function and
efficiency. The apartments have passive solar design and share two
At a recent international conference which focused on strategies to help
colleges become more environmentally sensitive, a Northland College
presentation at the "Greening of the Campus" conference at Ball State
University last year focused on energy considerations, building
materials, sustainable living practices, and student involvement in the
Northland College students joined architects and others on Northland's
Campus Facilities Master Plan Committee to select the most
environment-friendly materials for the new facility. Cedar shakes on
exterior walls were not transported from western states, but grown in
the nearby northern forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Other
structural wood components were similarly grown and milled in the nearby
region to reduce the impact of transportation on the environment.
Tom Wojciechowski, Director of Student Development at Northland, will be
teaching a course for ELLC residents called "Sustainable Living in a
College Community." In it, students will study various aspects of
personal living habits and choices from the perspective of environmental
impacts. Additional studies in sustainable living will focus on energy,
water, food, consumption, and waste. The course is part of Northland's
Environmental Studies program and begins with
the building's first residents in the fall 1998 term.
Hammel-Green-Abrahamson Architects led the design process and the Frank
Tomlinson Company of Ashland served as general contractor. (end of
It looks as tho you could contact Northland for resources, etc.
Lee Row in Sunny Nicosia
> i have a question: if a university in wisconsin were going to construct a
> multi-million dollar science building (but not utilize any renewable energy or
> check into alternative building supplies/plans), how would concerned students
> go about gathering information on responsible alternatives?
> unfortunately, this email might be too late -- my university already began
> construction over the summer; however, i have heard rumors that construction
> may be stalled for awhile while the university seeks more funds -- but just in
> case . . . and also for future reference, i would appreciate any
> information/resources/contacts that could help me and several other concerned
> members of this university.
> soo . . . i need information on renewable energy and sustainable building
> techniques. THANK YOU!!
> heidi busse
> 711 east john st, room 6
> appleton, wi 54911
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