Polytechnic Institute

Purdue University

Project Overview

The new Purdue Polytechnic Institute is an educational statement that reflects P3’s – Purdue Polytechnic, Flagship Enterprise, City of Anderson – mission to be a nexus of industrial, academic and economic activity for East Central Indiana. The Institute supports a highly interactive learning environment; its pod-like classrooms are set in from the perimeter so that informal study and social interaction can overlook the main atrium and pedestrian thoroughfare.

Some of the Sustainable Design Elements include:

  • LED lighting – utilized throughout the building, which improved energy savings and earned the low-mercury lighting ID credit
  • Heat Island Effect: Roof – This project utilized a white roof which lessens the overall heat-island effect and saves on cooling energy.
  • Reduce Water Use – Low-flow plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals were installed to decrease potable water usage by more than 34% when compared to a baseline case. This results in over 41,000 gallons of water saved per year.
  • REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION – An efficient envelope, HVAC, and interior lighting design resulted in over 35% energy cost savings when compared to a baseline building. Efficient air handling units were installed with high performance boilers to provide energy savings and comfort throughout the building.
  • IMPROVE INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY – Controls for lighting levels and thermal comfort have been provided for individual workstations and multi-occupant spaces throughout the building. These controls promote occupant productivity, comfort, and well-being.
  • IMPROVE INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY – The building was designed with occupant thermal comfort in mind. All HVAC systems were designed in order to maintain comfortable temperature and humidity in all occupiable spaces.
  • RESPONSIBLE MATERIAL CHOICES – Construction Materials

– 24% consisted of recycled content
– 45% consisted of products that were manufactured and harvested within 500 miles of Greencastle.

The project is LEED Gold.


94,000 SF


Thought Content

Seasonal Maintenance Increases Efficiency and Improves Indoor Air Quality

By: Ryan Hoffman

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