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Built Environment

The physical built environment of the campus provides its overall look and feel in addition to housing students, staff, and faculty, providing learning environments, and creating the structure around which other systems interact. The planning and construction of capital projects (buildings and other systems) requires thoughtful planning, and allows the university to design not only sustainable buildings, but also create a sense of place and identity.


  • Living Community Challenge integrated into Master Plan
  • In partnership with an academic course, a Biophilic Design Plan was created to integrate the historic, cultural and natural environment into the building design.
  • Over 300 buildings and structures have been demolished with sustainable practices, including material reuse or recycling (over 90% diversion), falconry to prevent nesting, and water efficient techniques for removing lead paint.


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