BOISE –University of Phoenix invites the public to celebrate the official grand opening of its first LEED Gold campus in the nation. The campus building, located in Meridian, Idaho, is also the eleventh LEED Gold commercial building in Idaho.

"The opening of the new University of Phoenix Idaho Campus demonstrates the University's continuing commitment to environmental responsibility and leadership," said Seth Mones, vice president, Sustainability Policy and Programs at the Apollo Education Group, parent company of University of Phoenix. "The campus' LEED Gold certification exemplifies the University's dedication to innovation both in education and environmental building practices."

The new facility boasts 40,000 approximate square feet of learning and administrative space. During the construction process, about 90-percent (140 tons) of the construction waste was sent to recycling facilities. Key features of the building include lighting and water efficiency and the high degree of recycled materials used in the building process (see additional details below).

In celebration of the new campus, the University will also make a donation of $3,000-worth ofschool supplies to Linder Elementary school. The donation will benefit approximately 90 students in need. While many of the students have received supplies through this partnership, additional school supplies will be donated at the grand opening event on Saturday September 18. Officials from Linder Elementary will be on hand to formally accept the donation at 1:00 p.m.

The grand opening event will showcase the new facility and offer activities designed for families to enjoy together such as a fun and friendly competitions, an obstacle course, pony rides, a self-defense class, and much more. The campus will also conduct workshops on Microsoft Excel and other computer skills.

"Because families are a core support for our students, we wanted to make sure this grand opening not only celebrates them, but offers a fun outlet for families to reconnect," said Dr. Bill Bach, campus director for the University of Phoenix Idaho campus. "We are delighted to share our new home with the community and hope they will enjoy the day!"

Some keyfeatures of the new campus include:

  • Bicycle storage
  • Shower areas
  • Space for fuel efficient vehicles
  • White roof to minimize contribution to the urban heat island effect
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • Low flow faucets and restroom fixtures
  • Energy-efficient HVAC system
  • Proper insulation to compliment the efficient
    HVAC system
  • Lighting tightly designed to provide ample light for the tasks at hand, instead of using standard layout that may over-light some spaces
  • Large windows to reduce need for electricity during the day
  • Building products used feature a high content of recycled materials and were produced regionally
  • A portion of the flooring was made from linoleum, a rapidly renewable material
  • Large windows provide comfort and views for building occupants
  • Building goes above and beyond in the water savings
  • Building utilizes low mercury lamps
  • All the paints, adhesives and sealants used on the project contain low VOC's which increase the quality of the indoor air by reducing odors released by certain products.
  • A majority of the wood products used on the project were from FSC certified suppliers and vendors.
  • Approximately 40% of the building's exterior is comprised of a high efficiency glass designed to allow the natural light in and keep the heat and cold out.
  • Multiple products used in the building were manufactured using recycled materials. Examples of this include:
    • Structural steel is comprised of +/- 83% recycled material
    • Insulation is comprised of +/- 35% recycled material
    • Carpet is comprised of +/- 60% recycled material
    • Bathroom countertops are comprised of 100% recycled material
    • Various tiles are comprised of 7%-45% recycled material
  • Approximately 140 tons (nearly 90%) of 160 tons of construction waste was sent to recycling facilities.


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