This Photoshopped image shows the
clean lines of the building minus utility lines and cars.
The exterior color is "gray stone," which mirrors the
palate of the USC Horseshoe.
Careful planning, attention to detail
are evident in our new environmentally friendly building
Arnold School’s brand new Public Health Research Center has broken glass
in the lobby and concrete rubble in the parking lot. But don’t worry,
those aren’t signs of any problems, they’re signs of solutions.
Using recycled glass and concrete is among dozens of environmentally
friendly features incorporated into the $22 million, five-story building
at the corner of Assembly and College Streets. Construction began on the
facility in October of 2003 and finished in May of this year. The
building is set for a formal opening in a ceremony to be conducted on
Friday, Oct. 27.
Cheryl Addy, the Arnold School’s executive associate dean and the person
who shepherded work on the 104,860-square-foot building for most of the
past five years offered insight as to some of the environmentally
friendly advancements to be found in this building.
Addy explained that the lobby is floored with recycled glass terrazzo --
broken glass and resin poured into a form for hardening and then
polished. The parking lot is actually made from the crushed and
compacted remains of the old Carolina Plaza that USC imploded on Feb. 5.
Addy stated that from initial planning back in 2001, the building was
designed following the “green design” principles of the U.S. Green
Council is a building industry coalition created to promote buildings
that are “environmentally
responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.”
The Arnold School boasts
the second green building at USC. The
first was the West Quad, a residence hall at the corner of Wheat and
Sumter streets. It was dedicated last November and has received a
prestigious Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Certification from the Green Building Council.
Group, a Charlotte-based architectural firm with a staff of
LEED-accredited professionals, was selected to design the building.
Addy said the new public health building is also aiming for a Silver
certification because it:
• has low-flow plumbing,
waterless urinals, a rainwater collection basin for a self-contained
irrigation system and indigenous, drought-tolerant plants. (The project
engineer, RMF Engineers of Baltimore, said the low-flow fixtures are
expected to yield savings of about 30 percent in water usage).
• maximizes direct
natural light, enhanced by the use of louvers which reflect and direct
light inside. The louvers can beam light up to 40 feet. In many rooms,
the ceilings beside windows are 18 inches higher to let in more light.
RMF Engineers estimate these mechanical systems will result in energy
savings of about 20 percent.
• employs carbon dioxide
monitors to measure indoor pollutants and modulate the quantity of fresh
outdoor air that is introduced into the building.
• has carpeting, floors
and furniture made from recycled materials.
• contains low-emission
wall paint and carpet glue.
• has showers and
changing rooms to encourage cyclists to pedal to work or class.
• is equipped with
motion sensors in larger rooms to automatically control lighting.
building design is an example of the new, retro style outlined in the
university’s master plan for its Innovista campus. The color of the
brick exterior is “gray stone,” taken from a pallet inspired by the USC
Occupants of the new building include the Arnold School’s Department of
Environmental Health Science and most of the Department of Exercise
Science, with the exception of the academic offices which remain in the
Blatt PE Center on Wheat Street. The Prevention Research Center and the
Children’s Physical Activity Research Group also occupy space in the new
regard to her involvement in overseeing construction, Addy admits that
none of her scientific training or advanced degrees prepared her for
helping to manage a huge building project. In the end, however, she said
it was “a lot of fun. It was fascinating to watch the progress and to
hear about the complexity of what was going on.”
Addy said the building is an important upgrade for the Arnold School
which is spread out over more than 10 locations on and off campus. The
new building, together with a companion facility that has been
postponed, will ultimately bring more of the school together.