Penn State University

Sustainability Starts Here

Completed in 2005, the 111,000-square-foot Stuckeman Family Building has a LEED Gold Rating, making it one of the first buildings on any college campus to earn that distinction. The energy efficient design reduces the building’s annual energy costs by 35 percent compared to a conventionally designed structure.

The four-story building, adjacent to both the Palmer Museum of Art and the Arts Building on the University Park campus, has an exterior made of recycled copper, brick and energy-conserving glazed windows with exterior sun-control louvers, which minimize glare inside. Interior sustainable features include lighting controls with automatic day-light and occupancy sensors and an HVAC system that provides natural ventilation in appropriate weather conditions. Integrated landscape and parking design filters storm water run-off to minimize pollutants.