The new University of Kentucky Davis Marksbury building, which officially opened this past February, was recently certified as a LEED Gold building, making it the first building at the that college to receive a LEED mark.
The Marksbury building, named for College of Engineering alumnus and lead donor Davis Marksbury, houses the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, and the departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. The three-story, 45,014 square-foot building includes photovoltaic collectors on the roof, an energy recovery system that distributes the heat emitted from the supercomputer room throughout the building during the colder months and a ventilation system aimed at providing superior indoor air quality.
“Receiving LEED Gold for this facility is a great success for our campus and one that we will certainly learn from and build upon as we work to integrate environmental stewardship and social well-being into all facets of the university,” said Shane Tedder, coordinator of UK’s Office of Sustainability.
The Marksbury Building is one-quarter of the UK’s “digital village” that will include high-tech research and teaching facilities. It contains no traditional classrooms. Instead, students and faculty use the building’s vast lab space to conduct research through unprecedented methods and new technologies. The open design encourages collaboration among UK faculty and students, as well as other institutions across a wide range of disciplines.