Lawrenceville, New Jersey
In the fall of 2011, Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey opened a 21,000 square foot academic building that cost nearly $13 million. The building houses the school’s history and philosophy offices, as well as various other university departments. The construction project also included a building addition to the Bart Luedeke Center, which houses Rider’s performing arts department. In order for the building to receive LEED certification, the building needed a GREENGUARD certified material. What this basically means is that the material meets various environmental standards.
Coastal provided open cell foam insulation for Rider’s two buildings, using GREENGUARD open cell foam in exterior walls, soffits, and overhang. This is a low-density type of SPF insulation, a polyurethane foam that expands with reactive agents. The insulation also provides reduced energy savings and high air quality, and helps keep the building temperatures at a comfortable level, even in excess heat or cold. Other green features include energy-efficient HVAC equipment, motion-detected lighting, and a white roof that reflects heat. Construction wastes for the projects were also recycled. It is all part of Rider’s commitment to the green movement. University president Mordechai Rozanski has pledged that all new buildings on the campus would meet LEED certification.
For more information on Rider University’s North Hall, check out the school website. It provides a detailed description of the building, and the green initiative being taken by the university.