The new Science and Technology Building at USF St. Petersburg
has earned a gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for its
energy-efficient design and construction by Creative Contractors of Clearwater.
building, completed in February, has much to offer the community as well
as students, says Josh Bomstein, vice president of Creative
More than half of the
materials used to build the facility were locally extracted and
manufactured. Eighty-five percent of the waste generated by the
building's construction was recycled rather than sent to the landfill,
which is equal to 1,159 tons of waste. Crews used the tilt-wall method
to erect its walls.
, with a gold rating from the U.S. Green Building
will save nearly $80,000 in energy costs due to its
reflective and insulated roof and low-emissivity glass that decreases
heat, thus lowering air conditioning in summer and heating costs in
winter. In addition, water-efficient fixtures lower water usage by 50
percent, which translates to 94,000 gallons of water saved annually.
Florida-friendly landscaping and reclaimed water help keep water usage
to a minimum as well.
USF St. Petersburg
Harborwalk pedestrian mall unifies what was once a disjointed campus by
providing a gathering place in front of a fountain donated by the
Sembler family and ample open areas for recreation. Not only is the new
mall conducive to walking and biking, but it is conveniently located to
bus and trolley lines. Its garage offers preferred parking to
Science and Technology Building
houses eight classrooms and 13
labs. Lecterns are equipped with smart monitors, and tiered classrooms
can be reconfigured to meet the needs of occupants. The building will
host classes for the College of Arts & Sciences
and labs for marine science research.
Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Josh Bomstein, Creative Contractors