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more energy efficient

than the average building


of materials have recycled content


of materials are regional

LEED Facts ®

Augenstein Alumni Center Bowling Green, Kentucky LEED for New Construction, v2009 Certification awarded June 2015


41 points*

Sustainable Sites


Water Efficiency Energy & Atmosphere


Materials & Resources Indoor Environmental Quality

7/35 3/14


Innovation & Design


Regional Priority


*Out of a possible 110 points The information provided is based on that stated in the LEED® project certification submittals. USGBC and Chapters do not warrant or represent the accuracy of this information. Each building’s actual performance is based on its unique design, construction, operation, and maintenance. Energy efficiency and sustainable results will vary.


A Sustainable Building Welcomes Alumni Home The New Face of Western Kentucky University PROJECT BACKGROUND Western Kentucky University sought a new home for its Alumni Association staff and a central location for alumni activities. The new Alumni Center is the face of WKU, offering an inviting atmosphere as a social and logistical headquarters for students as they return to campus. The space also serves as a hub for prospective students. The first floor of the building consists of a conference center, ballrooms, and a small museum providing visitors a history of the University. A double-height atrium serves as the main gathering space, linking the conference center on the first floor with the main alumni center space on the second level. An executive auditorium, board room, elegant dining room, parlor and sitting rooms are also located on the second floor. In addition, the second floor houses a phonathon space, lounge, and small library of alumni yearbooks and other memorabilia. WKU’s Alumni Association staff utilizes the third floor for office and administrative space.

“Every great university has a special place for alumni to gather when they return to campus. This beautiful building will serve as that ‘home’ and in doing so will strengthen the alumni community for decades to come.” Kathryn Costello, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

STRATEGIES AND RESULTS The building has been designed in a traditional style that reflects the architectural language of the rest of the campus and takes its cues from the classical architectural elements of adjacent campus buildings. Windows are highly-efficient, insulated, double-glazed panels in thermally broken aluminum clad wood frames. A white, PVC membrane roof minimizes solar heat gain. Ceramic tile and broadloom carpet throughout the building are all comprised of renewable resources. Low-emitting paints, adhesives, sealants, floorings, and materials with recycled content were specified throughout the building whenever possible. The building is also located along a new University Bicycle Pathways Improvement Project, which it supports with dedicated bicycle parking and an employee shower to encourage staff to bike to work.

ABOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY AUGENSTEIN ALUMNI CENTER The Augenstein Alumni Center is a place that brings the history and traditions of the University to life and instills the WKU Spirit in future generations of Hilltoppers. The Alumni Center is located at the corner of Center and 14th Streets on the WKU Campus in Bowling Green. It provides elegant and comfortable space for visiting alumni and the WKU community to hold meetings, social events, and educational programs. Many functions are accommodated in a variety of venues accessible to virtually any size audience. The Alumni Center also houses the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, the Office of Advancement Services and the WKU Foundation.

Architect: RossTarrant Architects, Inc. Civil Engineer: RossTarrant Architects, Inc. Commissioning Agent: Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc. Landscape Architect: RossTarrant Architects, Inc. LEED Consultant: RossTarrant Architects, Inc. Lighting Designer: Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc. MEP Engineer: Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc. Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group Project Size: 30,421 SF Total Project Cost: $6,800,000 Cost Per Square Foot: $224 Photographs Courtesy of: Marshall Ray Photography

ABOUT KENTUCKY USGBC As a non-profit, volunteer organization comprised of organizational and individual members, our goal is to improve the health and welfare of all Kentucky citizens through a sustainable and responsible built environment. Through education and awareness we encourage the use of sustainable practices that provide our residents with a healthy environment in which to live, work and learn.

© 2014 Kentucky USGBC. Chapter is a separate Kentucky 501c3 nonprofit corporation. 888-KY-USGBC

Leed Project Profile WKU Augenstein Alumni Center  
Leed Project Profile WKU Augenstein Alumni Center