Campus News in Brief

Gates, Hillman buildings awarded LEED certification

The Gates Hillman Complex was awarded gold-level LEED certification last Friday. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED certification awards recognize buildings that incorporate a variety of sustainable strategies under strict standards for energy use, lighting, and water and material use.

“The Gates and Hillman centers’ LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of USGBC, in a university press release. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Gates and Hillman project serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”

The buildings include systems for collecting about half a million gallons of rainwater and snowmelt each year. Using this water to flush toilets, and installing low-flow lavatories and low-flush urinals, the designers and contractors were able to cut potable water usage in half.

The Gates Hillman Complex’s construction doubled the amount of green space in the area around campus. All surface parking was replaced by a 150-space underground garage. The complex also features a winter garden. Landscaping was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Cambridge, Mass.

Building Virtual Worlds ’11 chooses new show venue

The annual Building Virtual Worlds Show (BVW) will move off campus for the first time this year. It will be hosted at the Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead this Wednesday.

Admission is free and the doors at the hall, located at 510 East 10th Ave. in Munhall, will open at 3:15 p.m. with pre-show activities. The show will officially begin at 4 p.m.

BVW 2011 will give students in the Building Virtual Worlds class at the university’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) the opportunity to showcase their latest ideas and projects in interactive digital technology.

The student teams, consisting of both technically and artistically minded members, have created projects that use digital technology to tell stories, explore the interactive medium, and play games.

Mk Haley, associate executive producer of the ETC, is proud to be a part of the BVW show.

“BVW gives us a chance to show off the work of our talented students to an audience that will include entertainment industry executives,” she said in a Carnegie Mellon press release. “It’s always been hard to accommodate everybody who wants to see the show, but moving it to this large hall in Homestead will give the general public a great opportunity to join in the fun.”