The LEED rating system established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has become the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high- performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Lawrence Tech alumnus Arthur Smith of Harley Ellis Devereaux in Southfield was the lead architect. Walbridge Aldinger Company of Detroit was the general contractor.
Major green features of the building include:
In addition, the Taubman Center was designed as a “living laboratory” of sustainable design and engineering, according to Joseph Veryser, Lawrence Tech’s university architect and associate dean of the College of Architecture and Design.
The building’s many sustainable design components create a “perpetual field trip” that provides students an up-close view of real-world applications of sustainable design and engineering. Many of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls and mechanisms are visible for study by students. The concrete flooring tiles throughout the building are elevated 18 inches, making all wiring and piping easily accessible by lifting panels of the completely modular floor.
“Lawrence Tech students also learn from conducting tests and collecting data to determine the tangible results of sustainable design,” Veryser said.
Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers more than 60 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.