“This is an outstanding building in the architectural world. The architects and engineers worked together to turn the challenge into a vision for the future. It’s new, valuable, fresh, and exhilarating.” - Dr. Robert Kelley, President
UND School of Education University of North Dakota
The University of North Dakota is one of the oldest higher educational institutions in the State of North Dakota and is known for its liberal arts foundation. It has a well laid out campus with many historical buildings that the University chooses to maintain and restore when possible. The Education Building is one such building and is an existing masonry structure at the heart of campus adjacent to Gillette Hall. The main concept of the project was to gut and remodel the Education Building and create an addition that linked it to Gillette Hall. The space primarily consists of faculty offices and core learning spaces. Early on, the University decided that the project should follow LEED guidelines, with a goal of attaining the equivalent to Silver Certification.
The UND Education Building received LEED Silver certification, and was the first building on campus to receive a LEED designation and the first LEED Silver facility in Grand Forks. Some of the key strategies include high performance glazing, super insulated walls and roofs and a high efficiency chiller. The project has also made recycling very accessible in the common hallways and set a goal for construction waste management during construction. Attention was paid to the selection of low-emitting materials and an Indoor Air Quality Plan was followed during construction.