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September 18, 2013

SCSU goes green on new science building

A rendering of Southern Connecticut State University's $49 million science building, which is designed to accommodate solar panels and will be LEED certified.

Southern Connecticut State University’s $49 million science building will have rooftop solar panels and be LEED certified, the New Haven school said today.

SCSU will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the 103,600-square-foot building, which is designed to meet requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-Silver certification and will have a pitched roof to accommodate solar panels.

The building will also capture rainwater for irrigation, the school said.

It will contain teaching and research labs for physics, earth science, environmental science, molecular biology and chemistry, and will also have a supercomputing lab for research in theoretical physics.

The Werth Center for Marine and Coastal Studies will be housed on the second floor.

SCSU expects the project to be finished in spring 2015.

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