RIT's First Green Building
The College of Applied Science and Technology is committed to preparing our graduates to be innovative, technologically advanced, and entrepreneurial, and we take pride in designing and constructing RIT's first 'green' building eligible for LEED certification. It is our intent that this building is a model for others to be environmentally responsible and efficient in design.
The building itself is a "living" laboratory available for the demonstrations and experimentations into green technologies. For example, recycle products are used whenever possible. A storm water collection system supplies water to flush the toilets in the building, and state of the art heating, cooling and lighting systems are installed in the building. A green "living wall" greets visitors at the main entrance. Nearby a plaque describing LEED certification will share space with a computer screen that shows and monitors essential building systems.
RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) Building was officially opened in April 2008. It has been designed to meet the standards of the most widely accepted rating system for evaluating sustainable, high-performance buildings, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System of the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
The design of the CAST building implemented a wide range of sustainable strategies. These include careful management of the site in development, the preferred use of renewable or recyclable materials rather than virgin materials, improved design for energy & water efficiency, design and construction measures to improve indoor air quality, and others that – within the LEED system - are categorized as “Innovation in Design”. This is a category for exemplary performance and innovative design ideas that span beyond the defined LEED Rating System - and a category that RIT and CAST wholly embraced.
Rainwater is also used to irrigate some unusual plantings in the main lobby where a vertically landscaped wall enhances the space and improves air quality as well.
Energy Efficiency and Savings
RIT has invested in energy and water-saving design strategies, including a rainwater reuse system and lighting & HVAC controls that monitor building occupancy and reduce power demands accordingly. The improved systems within the CAST Building will provide an approximate 21.4% savings in electrical energy (estimated at over $24,000/year at 2007 prices). This savings equates to enough power to service approximately 47 average New York homes.
Two 1500-gallon cisterns were installed in the lower level of CAST to collect rainwater (a free asset that is typically diverted) from the roof to flush toilets in the restrooms. This innovation, combined with additional design improvements, create a savings in potable water that amounts to over 35,000 gallons per year.
In all, approximately 75% of the building's typical annual water use has been saved and the building's impact on municipal systems has been greatly reduced. Rainwater is also used to irrigate some unusual plantings in the main lobby – a vertically landscaped wall that enhances the space and improves air quality as well.
CAST’s reduced demand for energy and resources in this building amount to a reduction in its carbon footprint of approximately 41%.
- William G. McGowan Student Commons
- William G. McGowan Center for Telecommunications, Innovation, and Collaborative Research
- Audio Studio and Recording Laboratory
- Research and PRoject Center
- Secure Projects
- Think Tank
- REDCOM Telecommunications System Laboratory and Lecture Facility
- American Packaging Corporation Center for Packaging Innovation
- OSHA Training Center
- Department of Civil Engineering Technology Environment Management and Safety-Administration, Advising, and Faculty Offices
- CETEMS Soils and Materials Laboratory
- CETEMS Design and Planing Laboratory
- CETEMS Environmental Laboratory
- Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology-Administration, Advising, and Faculty Offices
- ECTEC Optoelectronics and Laser Laboratory
- ECTEC Electronics Design Studio Laboratory
- ECTEC Circuits Studio Laboratory
William G. McGowan
As founder and chairman of MCI Communications Corporation, William G. McGowan (1927-1992) transformed a small radio communications company into the United States' largest long distance telephone carrier and a worldwide communications giant. The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund continues the legacy of this remarkable entrepreneur with the establishment of the William G. McGowan Center for Telecommunications, Innovation, and Collaborative Research at RIT, as well as ongoing support for the William G. McGowan Scholarship Program at RIT.