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Lincoln Hall Project

The Renovation

Sustainable Design

Renovating Lincoln Hall—as opposed to erecting a new building—is the most environmentally sustainable plan the University of Illinois could pursue. Designs also call for the newly renovated Lincoln Hall to obtain a “gold”-level certification under U.S. Green Building Council standards. Lincoln Hall will not only avoid the landfill, but it will be safe and environmentally friendly for decades to come.

Living Roofs

Roofs within the courtyard will be covered with plants, thus reducing rain runoff and increasing the life of the roof.

Photo of chair ends to be reused.

Recycling and Reusing Materials

Slate roofing tiles are being recycled as mulch for the grounds. Storm drains and sanitary sewers are being relined instead of replaced, thus eliminating the need for excavations and new pipe. Sidewalks will remain as is. Desks, chairs, chalkboards, display cases, and old museum exhibits have been moved elsewhere on campus or, as in the case of some architectural salvage materials, claimed by a conservation group. And new building materials—at least 20 percent of which is harvested and manufactured regionally—are recyclable in case the University ever desires another upgrade.

Creating a Healthy Environment

Adhesives, sealants, paints, carpeting, and coatings will meet low VOC (volatile organic compound) and other chemical component limits set by South Coast Air Quality Management District, Green Seal, and other environmental standards. No composite wood or agrifiber products will contain urea-formaldehyde resins. Heating and cooling systems will operate on non-hydrochlorofluorocarbon refrigerants to comply with the Montreal Protocol on preserving atmospheric ozone.

Did You Know?

Lincoln Hall occupants will be encouraged to be environmentally conscious. A central recycling center will help divert materials from the landfill. Showers will accommodate people who bike to work. Individual lighting and temperature controls, occupancy sensors, and regular building surveys will prevent inefficient air conditioning, neglected “off” switches, and other energy drains.

Reducing Dependence on the Environment

Sophisticated heating, ventilation, and electrical systems will cut energy costs and environmental impact. Native plant landscapes will require less water, and designers are investigating how to reuse runoff rain water for irrigation and toilets. Shaded areas, light colored concrete, and open grid walkways will reduce the building’s heat radiation. Low-flow water fixtures will reduce water usage by more than 40 percent.