Ross students working on two levels of the new Blau/Kresge buildings.
An 86 percent reduction in water runoff is another huge benefit of this project, Christensen explained. Too much runoff means that areas are more prone to flooding. A new stormwater retention system under Monroe mall also allows the ground to absorb water gradually.
Saving Energy by Decreasing Demand
Task lighting, efficient light fixtures, and the integration of natural daylight helps reduce the electrical load of Kresge and Blau. Occupancy sensors turn off lights when spaces are unoccupied, and new air systems track occupancy so empty rooms aren’t heated or cooled.
Recycling the Old, Locally Sourcing the New
Renovation projects can create a lot of waste. But with this renovation and building project, 87 percent of the on-site generated construction and demolition waste was diverted from the landfill. More than 37 percent of the total building material’s content, by value, was manufactured by using recycled materials. And nearly 70 percent of the total building material’s content was manufactured and extracted within 500 miles of the project site.