Western Kentucky University – Downing University Center – Renovation
Bowling Green, Kentucky
The Downing University Center originally opened in 1970 and has since undergone numerous additions/renovations. This particular project consists of a complete renovation of the existing 240,000 square feet. Upon completion in early 2015, the state-of-the-art facility will serve the WKU Campus through a 24 hour study area, larger and enhanced meeting rooms, a new recreation area on the first floor, new offices for staff, Student Government Association and various other student organizations. The facility will also provide for upgraded food service areas including a cafeteria style space with a food court, as well as, a sit down type restaurant.
The project consists of a multi-phased approach with current occupants being relocated to temporary locations during the construction. The building is designed to be LEED Certified.
Highlights of KGEI’s design include:
- Low flow plumbing fixtures.
- Domestic hot water system to provide tempered water to fixtures in approximately 10 to 15 seconds.
- Solar panel water heating system.
- Energy recovery system.
- Building energy management system.
- Indoor air quality monitoring.
- Energy efficient lighting systems.
- Automated lighting controls tied to the building energy management system.
- Electrical sub-metering.