Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A tour (and a tree) runs through it

Originally uploaded by Brandon Watson
Sometimes you forget you are in the middle of campus when you pass the quaint McIntosh Gallery.

Surrounded by big, hearty trees, the gallery is not just green on the outside, the building is also one of campus' greenest on the inside.

A major renovation to the half-century old building has vastly improved the efficiencies of its infrastructure.

Unnoticeable to the naked eye, enhancements such as, efficient windows, heating/air conditioning, lighting, faucets, etc. have been installed as required criteria for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

If you are interested, Physical Plant and EnviroWestern have teamed up to offer guided tours that includes three of Western's top performing 'green' buildings. The Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion (LEED Gold), Stevenson Hall, and the McIntosh Gallery are all stops on the engaging walking tour.

Click the link below to sign up;