Macalester College Opens First Green Building
Markim Hall, home of the Institute for Global Citizenship, is the first higher education building in Minnesota to earn LEED-platinum certification
July 23, 2009 - St. Paul, Minn. - Three years ago, when Macalester College decided to invest in a new home for the Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC), a unique program to educate and engage students to be global citizen-leaders, college leaders knew that it was critical that the building itself be designed and constructed in ways that demonstrate global leadership.
Reflecting that commitment, Markim Hall is the college’s and Minnesota's first higher education facility to receive LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is also the first building in the City of St. Paul to be built to these standards. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Platinum is the highest level of certification. Only 12 college campus buildings in the United States have earned platinum-level certification.
“In every way, Markim Hall reflects Macalester’s rich tradition of global leadership,” said President Brian Rosenberg. “The programming inside the building is distinctive nationally in providing an institutional focal point for educating global citizens and leaders, while the building itself is a manifestation of the knowledge, attitudes, intellectual skills, values, and practical competencies students need to be effective and ethical agents of social change.”
Markim Hall, which opens this summer, will be officially dedicated following a campus-wide convocation on Thursday, October 1, 2009. The $7.5 million, 17,000 square foot facility houses the Institute for Global Citizenship, civic engagement, study abroad and international programs, faculty and staff offices, meeting rooms, and an open atrium for campus events. An original bronze bust of former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan ‘61, a gift of the United Nations Foundation to Macalester, is installed in the lobby. Generous donors funded the entire project.
Sustainable features include energy and water use, indoor air quality, materials used in construction and furnishings, native landscaping, innovative storm water management, and public education. Energy simulation models predict that Markim Hall will use about 80 percent less energy than a standard building in Macalester’s climate.
Energy efficient and sustainable features of Markim Hall include:
Bruner/Cott & Associates, Inc. of Cambridge, Mass. was the architect and McGough Companies of St. Paul, Minn. constructed the building.
Markim Hall has won a Building of America Award and is scheduled to be featured in the upcoming Green Building of America-Midwest Green edition publication.
Markim Hall is located at one of the busiest intersections—Grand and Snelling Avenues— in St. Paul, Minnesota. As part of its application for LEED-platinum certification, Markim Hall promises to be an educational resource to the broader community interested in sustainable design.
Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,858 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.
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