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New Gustavus building to achieve significant environmental standard

Not long before the end of the 2009-10 school year, Gustavus Adolphus College broke ground for a new state-of-the-art 125,000 square foot academic building that will house several academic departments. Construction on the building recently began, and it is expected that the building will be ready to serve Gustavus students and faculty by September 2011. The building will be just west of Christ Chapel.
“Academic excellence is at the heart of everything we do at Gustavus,” said Gustavus President Jack R. Ohle. “The construction of this new building on campus will enhance student learning for decades to come.”
The new academic building is one component of $44 million in capital projects approved by the College’s Board of Trustees in January to move forward with three major building projects. Also included in the plan is the development of a west mall extending from Christ Chapel and a major renovation of the Anderson Social Science Building.
The academic departments that will be housed in the new academic building include Communication Studies, Economics and Management, History, Psychology, and Sociology and Anthropology.
The College intends to have the new academic building achieve at least Gold LEED Certification. The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a series of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.

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