Ford Hall Sets Sustainability Standards for MnSCU

Ford Hall Sets Sustainability Standards for MnSCU

04.17.09

Leonard A. Ford Hall, the new 67,000-square-foot addition to Mankato State University's Trafton Science Center, seamlessly integrates groundbreaking, sustainable design initiatives with design innovations that place science, teaching and learning - and the workings of the building itself - on display.

Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA), Ford Hall is the first building within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system to fulfill the protocol of the State of Minnesota's Sustainable Building Guidelines, known as B3 (Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond). Ford Hall's B3 qualifications are equivalent to the Silver Certification of the U.S. Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

HGA strategically sited the building and incorporated state-of-the-art, heat-recovery mechanical systems that will save MnSCU hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in energy costs. The HGA team included green materials and finishes, daylighting and recycling strategies that adhere to B3 standards. The team also designed Ford Hall with necessary faculty offices and teaching and research labs, created gathering and study spaces for students between the new and existing buildings, carved out light-filled circulation areas, and provided Ford Hall with a glass-crowned entry that is a sunlight-filled space throughout the day and glowing lantern during evening hours.