Construction and Conservation
The University of Tampa has followed many of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building guidelines in the construction of new buildings on campus. All new residence halls have been equipped with low flow toilets, urinals, shower heads and faucets. Our new buildings have computer monitored building management systems which help avoid energy waste with setback temperature management features. Hallway lights are on timers. Inoperable windows eliminate energy loss.
“Maximum Icers” are used in various locations – the Martinez Athletics Center, the Spartan Club, Vaughn Center kitchen, Frank and Carol Morsani Hall kitchen and other areas – to pre-chill incoming water so more ice can be made with less energy. Similarly, “vending mizers” are being tested on vending machines to reduce energy usage during periods of limited activity. Emergency phones around campus are solar powered. Landscaping and athletic field irrigation utilizes well water from shallow campus wells rather than treated city water.
(July 2012 Update) A recent expansion to the Health Science and Human Performance instructional facility was accomplished by expansion to a second story and allowed for the conservation of campus real estate while adding a significant amount of useable space. Similarly, the development of the 2-story addition to the Martinez Athletics Center was developed on the site of a surplus facility and did not require the use of open campus green space.
The next new residence hall currently under construction and scheduled to open in August 2013 has been designed and is being developed with LEED certification as a project goal.
(September 2011 Update) UT received LEED® Gold certification from U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Science Annex, and LEED Silver certification for its Dickey Health and Wellness Center. Both buildings, which are located on the UT campus, are new and were opened in Fall 2010. See press release and LEED Web page.
(September 2010 Update) As part of the ongoing effort to encourage sustainability in the computer labs, print limits were implemented beginning Fall 2010. All students are allotted the same starting balance from which each print request is deducted. Students have the opportunity to re-credit their account with personal funds once it is depleted. The goal is to discourage unnecessary printing and reduce the amount of wasted paper printed in UT’s computer labs. Students are also encouraged to print double-sided, combine PowerPoint slides to one sheet, only print what they need and to take notes on their laptops.
(June 2010 Update) Expansion of the chilled-water based air conditioning system to Smiley Hall during the summer marked the point when all inefficient electric window air-conditioning units were removed from all sleeping rooms on campus and replaced with ceiling mounted fan coil units.
(February 2010 Update) The University of Tampa, spearheaded by UT Student Government, has partnered with Hertz Rent-a-Car to offer environmentally-friendly vehicles to rent at a low rate. Not only does shared car ownership reduce the number of cars on campus, it reduces the users’ carbon footprint. Reduction in fuel usage, carbon emissions and traffic congestion are just a few of the benefits of the Hertz partnership. The program, Connect by Hertz, began in February and offers students, staff and faculty the use of a Ford Escape, Toyota Camry and Mazda 6.
The University will be pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for two new buildings on which construction began in February. The academic building and the Student Health Center are set to be completed by the next academic year.
(September 2009 Update) The City of Tampa's reclaimed water pipe line was routed through Plant Park and under the Hillsborough River to serve the Museum district. The University secured a connection to the line and can secure irrigation water for the Park and south Plant Hall areas.
More than 950 low flow shower heads were installed during the summer of 2009, providing low flow units in every shower on campus including locker rooms. As the restroom sinks are serviced, the aerator heads are replaced with low flow units in this continuing project.
(April 2009 Update) Expansion of the chilled-water based air conditioning system to the west wing of McKay Hall is underway. The current inefficient electric air-conditioning units will be removed and replaced with ceiling mounted fan coil units. These fan coil units produce a more even and quiet cooling and heating system. The chilled water has also been piped across University Drive to serve the registrar’s suite that is under construction on the first floor of the northeast end of Plant Hall.
The installation of low-flow toilets and showers continues across the campus in various renovation projects.
Finally, the University and the City of Tampa are discussing utilization of the reclaimed water network that is being expanded to the University district. Reclaimed water can be used for irrigation and can relieve demand from our existing private water wells.