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LEED Silver certification for Marquette Law School

Friday, 25 February 2011

Eckstein Hall, the new home to Marquette University’s Law School, has received LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council just months after the building’s completion.

Marquette and the project team were committed to constructing an energy-efficient building and receiving LEED certification.

“As we began the process of designing Eckstein Hall, our first priority was to build a facility that would enable us to provide an exceptional legal education,” said Joseph D. Kearney, dean of the Law School. “But as we began talking to alumni, students, and others, it was quickly apparent that this magnificent building would also be an important opportunity to signal Marquette’s commitment to the environment and sustainable building practices. LEED certification is another point of pride for the Law School community.”

Eckstein Hall’s sustainable strategies included:

- Reducing water usage by 41% through the use of low-flow plumbing fixtures
- Recycling more than 1,354 tons of construction waste, diverting it from landfills
- Utilizing nearly a third of building materials with low VOC and recycled content
- Locally sourcing 42% of project building materials from within a 500-mile radius
- Supporting alternative transportation, with bike racks and showers for cyclists

Shepley Bulfinch was the design architect of Eckstein Hall, in association with Opus AE Group and Opus Development. It is the latest of a series of highly sustainable law schools for Shepley, including the new home of Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, the country’s first LEED Gold law school; and the LEED-certified expansion of Duke Law School in 2009.

The 205,000 s.f. building was dedicated on September 8, 2010. It is the second major academic building for Shepley on the Marquette campus in recent years: in 2004, the firm completed the new Raynor Library.


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