Bren School to Build New Home
93106 The faculty and staff newspaper
April 10, 2000
Construction of a $22-million home for the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management will begin with
a ceremonial groundbreaking and reception at the site of the new building
on April 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. The campus community is invited to attend.
When completed sometime in 2001, the four-story structure
will provide offices, laboratories, and a conference room for the Bren
school, UCSBs professional school that trains advanced students
in environmental problem-solving.
The 85,000-square-foot building will be environmentally
state-of-the-art, employing energy-efficient technology to create the
"greenest building in the UC system," according to Jeff Dozier,
dean of the school.
UCSBs new building is designed to harvest natural
light, heating, and cooling. The carpets, wallboard, ceiling tiles,
furniture, and insulation will be made from recycled materials. Wood
paneling will come from certified sustainable forest harvests. Landscaping
will shade and shelter the building, use drought-tolerant native plants,
and use reclaimed water for irrigation.
The building was one of 12 distinct structures to
be certified for sustainable design and construction by the U.S. Green
Building Council. In making the announcement last month, the council
recognized the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management building
for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
LEED is a comprehensive rating system that provides
direction and definition for environmentally sensitive structures.