LEWIS KATZ LAW BUILDING
Built in 2007, the 114,000-square-foot Lewis Katz Building achieved LEED certification for energy use, water and material use and other sustainable strategies. Designed by Ennead Architects of New York (formerly Polshek Partnership), the Lewis Katz Building includes many green features, including:
A green roof that reduces storm water runoff and reduces the building's "heat island" effect;
Steel fabricated in the eastern United States and other local building materials;
A library awash in natural light thanks to a ceramic fritted glass curtain wall that absorbs heat in the winter and casts off heat in the summer;
On-site showers that encourage biking or jogging to the facility.
As stated by the associate dean for academic affairs, Marie Reilly, "The building is designed to draw students and faculty together in a close community in which students develop the analytical, communicational and interpersonal skills that the legal profession requires."
The focal point of the Lewis Katz Building is its glass-enclosed H. Laddie Montague Jr. Law Library that has a volume capacity of 100,000 and seating for 294 students.
The building also features the 250-seat Greg Sutliff Auditorium, a courtroom equipped with the latest in trial technology; four 75-person classrooms; several intimate seminar rooms; legal clinic and student organization suites; and outdoor terraces and reading gardens.
Other sustainable features include day lighting in public spaces, operable windows and individual climate control in offices, and local and recycled content materials. A groundwater recharge area was created with a pervious surface on the parking lots to reduce the amount of rainwater runoff generated by the site.
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The following green features are included at this site: