Bowling Green Gets Greener

Introducing the first LEED certified dining hall

BGSU

Bowling Green (BGSU) is a public university located in Northwestern Ohio. In 2008 the university began a $200 million campus renovation. Creating sustainable dining facilities was a big part of this initiative.

A substantial roof overhang provides shading from the afternoon sun in the spring and fall to reduce A/C load, but allows sunlight to penetrate in the winter to allow for heat gain.

The Oaks: dining hall

was designed to consolidate meal service for students and provide them with an attractive new alternative to off-campus dining. A major challenge was to create a structure that would follow the overall campus master plan, while demonstrating an exciting new architectural standard for non-academic buildings on the campus.

  • Permeable concrete in high traffic areas reduce run off and storm water discharge.
  • All furniture and fixtures are made of recycled materials. All wood flooring is bamboo.
  • 12’ diameter ceiling fans maintain air movement and reduce A/C load.
  • Low VOC compounds (paint and adhesives) were used during construction.
  • 2000 sq. ft. green roof area. Wood used as building cladding/ siding was reclaimed barn siding.

other sustainable features:

  • Use of water efficient toilet fixtures and kitchen equipment
  • Storage and reuse of rainwater for green roof irrigation and toilet flushing
  • Reuse of all cooking vegetable oil to power on-campus delivery vehicle
  • Bike racks and showers for employees who commute via bikes, and preferred parking for fuel efficient commuters
  • Also, there are plans for a solar panel array to supplement building power

The Oaks is expected to receive LEED certification. if the new building meets USGBC standards, BGSU will be the first university in the u.s. to have a LeeD certified dining hall.

The minimum amount of building materials were used in the overall design. In many cases, the structural elements also serve as design elements (e.g. — heavy timber framing and a long span metal deck in the main dining area).

Team

Designers, Architects & Engineers of Record: WD Partners
Building commissioning and comprehensive energy model: Heapy Engineering

BGSU

BGSU

BGSU

BGSU

BGSU

BGSU

BGSU

BGSU

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Please visit wdpartners.com/work for more information.

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