DePauw Details Big Master Plan Efforts

Posted: Updated:
GREENCASTLE -

DePauw University is investing $40 million into two master plans designed to reduce its carbon footprint, improve energy efficiency and enhance the student living experience on the Greencastle campus. The university says its Campus Energy Master Plan is expected to save an estimated $750,000 in energy expenses each year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent. DePauw is also launching a new housing master plan, which includes new residence options for first-year students and enhancements to existing space.

DePauw has tapped Quebec-based Ecosystem to design and implement the CEMP. The university says it will invest $12 million to fund new HVAC technology, upgrade heat and water delivery systems, provide LED lighting throughout the campus, and install a solar panel array.

Warren Whitesell, associate vice president for facilities management, says the university will also convert its heating system from steam to natural gas. He says the current heating system contributes to 43 percent of the university's energy usage. 

"These new systems will also utilize less electricity, which costs five times as much and produces more greenhouse gases than natural gas," said Whitesell. "Locally, electricity is primarily sourced from coal, which is more harmful to the environment than other energy sources."

DePauw says a housing committee will select an architectural design partner for the plan by the end of May with the plan expected to be in place within six months.

"Residence halls are much more than a place to sleep. They are at the heart of a student’s college experience, especially at a university like DePauw," said President Mark McCoy. "They facilitate and enrich a close-knit living and learning environment and the development of strong support networks for students.” National research indicates that students who live on campus are more satisfied with their college experience, earn higher grades, and are more likely to graduate."

The university says both plans are being funded through tax-exempt financing recently secured from BMO Harris Bank.

  • Perspectives

    • Seven Steps to Overcome Your Fear of Writing

      "I hate to write!" While that phrase is music to my ears, because it ensures my income will persist, it also saddens me. Far too many people dislike writing, largely because they’re intimidated by the process of knitting words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs. Nearly everyone needs to write from time to time, and the ability to assemble words in a coherent way can impact your success. Whether you have to write reports, proposals, memos, or even emails...
    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Hoosier Companies Among 'Most Admired'

      Two Indiana companies are included in Fortune's 2019 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies." The list was determined by a survey of nearly 4,000 executives, directors and analysts who rated companies in their own industries based on criteria such as investment value, quality of management and ability to attract talent.

    • Books & Brews Acquires Flat12 Bierwerks

      Indianapolis-based Books & Brews has announced its acquisition of Flat12 Bierwerks, also based in Indy. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, however Books & Brews says it will continue to operate Flat12 under the same brand name. The acquisition is a continuation of an existing partnership between the two entities. Books & Brews says Flat12 has been a brewery partner for the past two years, brewing all of B&B's flagship and seasonal beers.

    • Hoosier Companies Among 'Best and Brightest'

      Two Indiana companies are among more than 500 selected by the National Association for Business Resources as the 2018 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation. The winners were chosen by an independent research firm from more than 2,400 nominations.

    • Indiana Liquor Group to Buy Save-On Liquor Chain

      Indiana Liquor Group LLC will work with the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission this week for final approval of its purchase of Save-On Liquor stores. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report Phillip E. Miller agreed to sell the 31-location package store chain to ILG last month. 

    • Cook: Location, Funding Among Eleven Park Questions

      Several ambitious economic development projects are already taking center stage this year, particularly in central Indiana. Indianapolis-based KSM Location Advisors Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and President Katie Culp say efforts like Eleven Park, which would include a new stadium for the Indy Eleven soccer team, and a potential casino in downtown Indianapolis are among the key projects being talked about. On the (i) on Economic Development segment on Inside INdiana Business...