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The University Magazine

University Magazine - Fall 2008 Image

RITís new College of Applied Science and Technology facility opened in April.

CASTís new home is RITís greenest building

The new College of Applied Science and Technology Building, which opened in April, was designed to meet the standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System of the U.S. Green Building Council, the most widely accepted rating system for evaluating sustainable, high-performance buildings.

The building features controls that monitor building occupancy and reduce power demands accordingly. The improved systems provide an approximate 21.4 percent savings in electrical energy (estimated annual savings of more than $24,000), which is comparable to the power necessary to service approximately 47 New York state homes.

It also includes two 1,500-gallon cisterns that collect rainwater from the roof to flush toilets in the restrooms. Rainwater is also used to irrigate some unusual plantings in the main lobby, where a “green wall” of plants improves air quality.

The CAST Building houses the William G. McGowan Center for Telecommunications, Innovation and Collaborative Research, the William G. McGowan Student Commons, the REDCOM Telecommunications Systems Laboratory and Lecture Facility, the American Packaging Corporation Center for Packaging Innovation and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Center.

The building is also home to the college’s Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety and Department of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology.

In addition to RIT funds, funding for the $10.5 million, 33,600-square-foot facility came from the following individuals and organizations: William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, New York State Higher Education Capital Facilities Program, REDCOM Laboratories Inc., American Packaging Corp., Rock-Tenn Co., Eastman Kodak Co., Joseph Clayton, One Communications, Melles Griot, Mitel Inc., Fibertech Networks LLC, O’Connell Electric and Green Living Technologies LLC.

John Follaco