Friday, September 14, 2007

Penn State has nation's first green stadium

The race to be the first stadium, professional or college, to be LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council has been won by a new baseball stadium at Penn State.

Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, a $30 million, 110,000-sf baseball park on the campus of Penn State University in State College, Pa., was awarded certification in July.

Designed by L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Pittsburgh, and built by Barton Malow, Southfield, Mich., the 5,500-seat ballpark is a dual pro/college stadium, shared by Penn State's baseball team and the State College Spikes, a minor league club.

Building Design and Construction reports that:

"Green initiatives include the use of waterless urinals and low-emitting materials; reusing rock dug out of the outfield as fill material to level the playing field; connecting the stadium to an existing gray water system that also serves nearby Beaver Stadium; shared parking with the existing Bryce Jordan Center; diverting 76% of construction waste for recycling; and adding trees in parking areas to reduce the heat island effect."

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