Texas Tech University

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September 10, 2012

September 10, 2012

Since opening in November 2011, the Rawls College of Business Administration (RCoBA) building has symbolized the drive for institutional sustainability at the Texas Tech University System. "The building represents Texas Tech University System's $1 billion campaign to create cutting-edge, sustainable facilities," explains Michael Molina, vice chancellor for facilities planning and construction.

The building, constructed to qualify for LEED Silver certification, is a three-story structure with a lower-level basement. Its 149,000 square feet of space houses the Rawls College of Business Administration's five academic departments--accounting, marketing, management, finance, and energy commerce--and is the first of several environmentally focused construction projects planned for the University System which, along with Texas Tech, includes Angelo State University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Energy efficiency is a prominent feature of the facility. Expansive window space utilizes daylight to reduce dependence on electrical lighting, while automated systems switch off lighting when not needed. The use of fluorescent lighting with electronic ballasts has meant significant cost savings. Meanwhile, specially designed glass windows help retain heat in the winter and reflect it during the summer. "These measures have led to a 15-percent reduction in energy consumption," says Hugh Cronin, the university's senior director of project administration.

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