Engineering school's building green in theory and practice
The University at Buffalo's new engineering building will earn LEED gold and educate the engineers of the future.
The State University of New York at Buffalo will complete a $61 million engineering building in 2011, according to the Buffalo News . The 130,000 sq ft facility will not only teach its students sustainable practices, but is also slated to earn U.S. Green Building Council LEED gold.
Features that will make the building LEED gold-worthy include sensors to dim or brighten lights depending the natural light in a room, rain gardens and a green roof to absorb stormwater, toilets that use less water, and a highly reflective roof to reduce heat absorbed into the building.
The building will also feature a "clean room" for developing microtechnologies in a dust- and particle-free environment, and a wireless communications room for radio frequency research.
This green building will house the electrical engineering and computer science engineering programs, and replace several trailers that currently house the overflow of students in the engineering program. Since engineers are in high demand in the job market today, this is an opportune time to assure that engineers have the proper training and education.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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