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CaseHistories RE AL-WORLD SOLU T IONS Ceilings Contribute to Sustainability T HE NEW RICHARD AND Margot Warch Campus Center at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, was the ﬁrst higher education building in Wisconsin to achieve LEED Gold certiﬁcation Nat Stein, project architect for UihleinWilson, explains the Center is built into a bluff high above the Fox River. As a result, the design team wanted to stay true to the setting of the campus and use a great deal of wood. It also decided on an open plenum look in order to maintain a sense of height in the building. However, they also knew they wanted to break up views of the exposed mechanical systems by adding cleaner lines in the ceilings. Wood ceiling clouds were eventually chosen for many of the Center's spaces for a number of reasons, including aesthetic, acoustic, and environmental. "We knew we wanted to use wood ceilings in the facility where they would add warmth and have the most impact," he states. Two different styles of WoodWorks ceilings from Armstrong, both of which are FSC-certiﬁed and contribute to LEED credits, were selected. Tegular panels, installed in 6-ft.-wide ceiling clouds, provide a warm visual statement as well as a connection to nature in the Center's café. "We knew the students really wanted something attractive in this space, so we deﬁ nitely wanted to use wood here," Stein notes. To provide sound control, the panels are perforated and backed with an acoustical ﬂeece. Meanwhile, linear wood planks were used in the ceiling clouds located in the Center's great room. "We went with a linear look in these clouds to replicate the tongue- The new Richard and Margot Warch Campus Center's wood ceiling clouds from Armstrong add warmth to the space and have aesthetic, acoustic, and environmental beneﬁts. and-groove look of the wood structural system used in the building." www.armstrong.com/commceilingsna Sustainability on Campus Made Easier W EST VIRGINIA University (WVU) alumnus Tom Petrini was at a conference on sustainability when he realized that the 3,000 reusable bottles handed out to participants weren't being used. There wasn't a place to wash out and ﬁ ll the new bottles, so that particular sustainable initiative didn't really work out. Now Petrini runs his own business, Evive Station, with the help of other WVU alums, and they are now piloting their idea at WVU. Evive Station is the world's ﬁrst individual bottle cleaning and ﬁlling kiosk, with patent pending. The company's engineers and designers have pioneered an innovative, ergonomic solution for providing reusable bottle cleaning and chilled and ﬁltered water. The services, including a double-walled stainless-steel reusable bottle, are free, made possible through sponsors who offer targeted messages and advertisements. Petrini and Blake Barnes, also a WVU alumnus, say that the system creates far less waste than single-use water bottles, encourages resource conservation among students, and makes for a more convenient experience as the machine cleans the insulated bottles and reﬁlls them with fresh, cold water. Approximately 4,300 students signed up to use Evive Stations in the Mountainlair and two will be in the Student Recreation Center. WVU was the ideal place to pilot the program, in part because of the alums' familiarity with the campus, the professors, and student life. Clement Solomon, WVU's director of sustainability, worked with the alums to navigate the steps to develop a product catering to students interested in sustainability. In the last few years, WVU has adopted sustainable measures that include energy- WVU's Evive Station creates far less waste than single-use water bottles, encourages resource conservation among students, and makes for a more convenient experience as the machine cleans the insulated bottles and reﬁlls them with fresh, cold water. and cost-saving renovations to existing buildings, minimizing food waste in dining halls, implementing a recycling program at football games, partnering on a national clothing drive, and encouraging alternative transportation. evivestation.com Look for more Case Histories online at www.webCPM.com APRIL 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 69