Bannan Engineering Retrofitting

The Bannan Engineering Retrofitting project consisted of replacing all lighting fixtures such as lamps, ballasts, and exit signs with more energy efficient projects on campus and was completed during the spring break of 2003. Preliminary estimates of energy savings were recouped quicker than the estimated 33 months and were helped by the 12% rebate from Silicon Valley Power. 

Project Specifics:

  • 4-Lamp Florescent 2x4's were replaced by Reflector 30/60 EB and T-8's.
  • New lighting requires less than 1/3 of the previous power
  • Energy savings in 29 months surpassed installation costs
  • 2- Lamp Flourescent's were replaced by 2 T-8's EB LP (Tandem).
  • New lighting showed a 64% decrease in power usage
  • Energy savings in 27 months surpassed installation costs

The Bannan Engineering retrofit project was the beginning of big changes for SCU, in its continuing direction towards building a more sustainable and earth-conscious campus.  Similar lighting upgrades have also been done in the Heafey Law Library and the student residence halls.

Commons at Kennedy Mall

The Commons at Kennedy Mall is the University’s sustainable design building and was completed on January 2006. The entire building is filled with new sustainability initiatives like natural ventilation, a green roof that supports live planting and insulation by use of straw bale walls. A solar chimney and windows allow hot air to rise out of the building and cool air to be drawn in. This process allows the temperature of the building to be maintained at a more comfortable level using less energy.

To learn more about the groundbreaking green demonstration building, visit the Sustainability webpage. »Info

Harrington Learning Commons

The Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center & the Orradre Library was completed on March 2008. The building has many green features including:

  • 150 tons of recycled steel
  • 450 tons of recycled concrete (70% of total concrete)
  • 90% of non-storage areas have natural lighting and outside visibility. These changes reduce lighting and electricity costs and usage.
  • Waterless urinals and flush toilets using reclaimed water, which eliminates usage of 40,000 gallons of water per urinal per year
  • Raised flooring to reduce cooling and heating costs and energy used
  • Reused roof tile from original Orradre Library
  • Energy efficient lighting

All of these features contribute to the building's energy efficiency. In fact, it performs 5% better than required by Title 24, California's Energy Efficiency Standards for buildings. 

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Learn more about the new Learning Commons Technology Center and Library. »Info 

Lucas Hall

Lucas Hall is the home of the Leavey School of Business and was completed on September 2008. The building will be 10% more efficient than what is required in Title 24, California’s Energy Efficient Standards for buildings. All of the building and construction materials are made of recycled material. 

Learn more about the Leavey School of Business. »Info

Facilities Building

Pictured on the right is the 50-kW photovoltaic system that was installed on top of the Facilities building back in 2007 which converts sun power directly into electricity. The system will provide about 89,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year, enough to power 2.5 houses. This will reduce the University’s carbon dioxide emissions by 40 tons, the equivalent to taking 8 cars off the road or planting 12 acres of trees.

In recognition of this, the University was honored by Silicon Valley Power. Read the full article. »Info

To see how SCU's PV system compares to that of other colleges and universities, visit the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. »Info

Energy Efficiency Rebates

The university retrofit the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the campus bookstore, Shapell Lounge, and the microelectronics lab in the engineering school with more efficient systems. Due to this initiative towards using more efficient energy, SCU was presented with a rebate of $109,000 by Silicon Valley Power. This is just one of several rebates given to the University for using energy more efficiently over the years. According to Assistant Vice President for University Operations Joe Sugg, the money saved will be used to fund more energy saving projects on campus.

Learn more about Silicon Valley Power's rebate program. »Info


Kennedy Commons

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