FURMAN UNIVERSITY TOWNES CENTER FOR SCIENCE

Greenville, South Carolina

Client: Furman University

LEED® Gold Certified

Architect:  Ballinger + Neal Prince

The Charles Townes Science Center is one of Furman University’s newest facilities on campus constructed with state-of-the-art technology. This 213,405 sq ft, two-story academic building was constructed in two phases while occupied by faculty and students.  Phase One consisted of new construction of two wings for earth and environmental science, physics, chemistry, and biology.  Phase Two focused on the renovations of additional classrooms, laboratories, office spaces, a science library, and a community concourse for all four departments.  The design includes lighting controls with occupant sensors and dimmers, a grey-water treatment and re-use system, and active chilled beam mechanical system technology.  All laboratories have low-flow fume hoods, an air compressor, and vacuum pump system. A grant allowed recent construction of a solar tracking and energy generation system.

Project Achievements:

  • Plumbing fixture water savings | 43%
  • Reduced potable water use for sewage conveyance | 100%
  • Anticipated energy savings | 33.8%
  • Building shell reuse | 97%
  • Construction waste diverted from landfill | 75.8%
  • Materials with recycled content | 32%
  • Regional materials used | 50%