The physical center of the Bren School academic experience is Bren Hall, a material reflection of the school’s commitment to meeting human needs in an environmentally sustainable way. Upon its completion in 2002, the technologically advanced structure set a new standard for environmentally friendly construction and design.
By earning a LEED Platinum rating and recognition as the “greenest” laboratory building in the United States, it inspired green-minded architects and builders around the country and proved that a superbly equipped building can be a benchmark of environmental sustainability. In August 2009, Bren hall become the nation’s first building to earn two LEED® Platinum certifications, when it was recertified at the Platinum level for Existing Buildings—Operations & Maintenance (LEED EB O&M).
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Bren Hall's facilities and equipment reflect the School's status as a world-class center of teaching and cutting-edge research. The building is laid out to optimize efficiency and access, with shared spaces, such as the instrument room, the chemical storage room, and the climate-control rooms located in the center, and labs and instructional rooms arranged around the perimeter. It is home to a collection of clean, bright, accessible, fully equipped, carefully maintained, and thoroughly up-to-date teaching labs and research labs, as well as the Micro-Environmental Imaging & Analysis Facility, which houses one of the few publicly accessible environmental scanning electron microscopes in the nation.
The building's rooms and halls represent the state of the art in terms of presentation technology, energy-efficient lighting and climate-control systems, and the use of recycled and sustainable materials. Dedicated student spaces, including Davidson Commons, the Career Center, the Interaction Room, and the Reading Room, enable students to combine productive work with useful interaction.
The Bren Communications Center serves students in developing their crucial communication skills, and the Engineering Unit supports research and experimental endeavors in a variety of ways, from lending tools and providing shop space to fabricating specialty equipment for particular projects.