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PACCAR Center Deemed Golden for ‘Green’ Design

The high-tech PACCAR Center for Applied Science was made possible through a generous lead gift from PACCAR, a Fortune 200 global technology company headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. Photo by Jennifer Raudebaugh

The high-tech PACCAR Center for Applied Science was made possible through a generous lead gift from PACCAR, a Fortune 200 global technology company headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. Photo by Jennifer Raudebaugh.

SPOKANE, Wash. – The three-story, $8.5 million PACCAR Center for Applied Science at Gonzaga University has received the prestigious “Gold” certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

Only the platinum ranking is a higher recognition in the LEED rating system. The building, dedicated in 2008 for Gonzaga’s School for Engineering and Applied Science, is Gonzaga’s first “green” building.

View Slideshow: PACCAR Center Dedication 2008

Among the more significant achievements of the PACCAR project are the following:

  • It has reduced potable water use by 34.4 percent from a calculated baseline;
  • Achieved an energy cost savings of 30.5 percent;
  • Diverted 210 tons (90.2 percent) of on-site generated construction waste from landfill;
  • More than one-third (34.6 percent) of the total building materials content by value have been manufactured using recycled materials; and
  • 34.4 percent of the total building materials value is comprised of materials extracted, harvested or recovered, and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

Project architects were ALSC Architects of Spokane. The mechanical and electrical engineers were MW Consulting Engineers of Spokane, and the general contractor was Alan Douglas of Hoffman Contractors, also of Spokane.

Engineering and Applied Science Dean Dennis Horn lauded PACCAR for its visionary leadership in providing the lead gift to build the structure.

“It was always my dream to see a LEED-certified engineering building, but I never thought we would achieve gold status,” Horn said. “This was a team effort, but a big ‘thank you’ goes to our architects who did a fantastic job.”

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