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Facility Features

Our current facility, which opened in 2008, has received gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Gold is one of the highest levels of LEED-certification awarded to building projects around the U.S. Check out the LEED scorecard for the Surplus Store & Recycling Center (SSRC). Our Building's environmentally sensitive features include:

Material Recovery Facility:

Items deposited in recycling bins across the MSU campus and the public Drop-Off Center are bought to our on-site material recovery facility (MRF) for sorting, baling and shipping. Roughly 8 to 9 million pounds of recycling is processed in our MRF each year. Learn more.

Photovoltaic Panels:

Located on the roof, the panels consist of 12 strings. Each string contains 16 modules, totaling 192 pounds. The total system rating is estimated at 37,257 kilowatt-hour a year of energy at a value of $2,381 per year. It has a real-time display showing electricity generated, hourly, daily, and monthly read-outs, a weather station, and will provide up to 10% of the building's electrical needs. The Public Recycling Drop-Off Center lights are also powered by photovoltaic cells.

Rain Gardens:

Our four rain gardens were strategically placed on the outside edges of the pavement. The rain flows into the garden instead of filtering into nearby rivers and storm drains. The native plants have roots that reach deep into the soil and can handle droughts and floods. Rain gardens reduce river and stream pollution and needs to irrigation system.

Energy Recovery Ventilators System:

Conditioned air exhausted from the rest rooms powers the ERV system to help cool incoming fresh outdoor air. This reduces the cost to otherwise cool or heat the fresh air. This practice also helps eliminate ozone-depleting refrigerants in the air conditioning systems.

Certified Wood:

Certified wood accounts for at least 50% of wood material used in the project. The wood products were produced under the Forest Stewardship Council principles, which come from well-managed forests and sustainable practices.

Water-efficient Fixtures:

The water efficient toilets and urinals use and conserve harvested rainwater (see below), saving 30% over standard fixtures.

Ceiling Fans:

To provide a comfortable space that promotes productivity and the well-being of building occupants, five strategically placed, large fans were installed throughout the building. They are tied into the Building Management System, so they operate only when necessary. The large fans move air at a low speed, and low speed means less energy used. The fans range from 8-12 feet in diameter, and in the summer, they will produce a breeze that causes the air to feel 8-16 degrees cooler. During the winter months, the fans gently drive hot air trapped in the ceilings down to the floor, resulting in reduced heating expenses.

Snow Melt System:

Glycol-filled heat tubes under the concrete help keep the outside walkways drier and safer during the winter by decreasing ice and snow accumulation.

Porous Asphalt:

Standard asphalt drains water into streams, rivers, or storm sewers. As a way to help manage storm runoff, the northeast parking lot was paved with porous asphalt. Unlike standard asphalt, porous asphalt does not discharge runoff to any open to water source. Instead, water drains through the porous asphalt into a stone bed then slowly infiltrates into the soil, filtering out particulates before it returns to the water table.

Recycled Glass in Concrete:

One way to keep green glass out of the landfill is to mix it into concrete. The heated sidewalk, driveway approaches, and curbs, which amounts to 15% of the exterior concrete, includes recycled, green, barely-seen glass particles.

Paints, Adhesives, Carpeting and Interior Furnishings:

All paints, adhesives, carpeting and interior furnishings in the building meet LEED standards by having low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

EnviroGLAS Counter tops:

The Conference Room table and Education Center counter is constructed with 100% recycled glass. The Spartan S is recycled porcelain and recycled aluminum. These durable surfaces are free of VOCs and did not require the removal of granite from the earth through mining.

Other Energy Savings:

Systems installed in the building help achieve more than 50% energy cost savings over the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers baseline. Additional features that will achieve energy savings include: Motion sensors in high-traffic areas to control lighting, broad use of natural day lighting due to large number of windows in facility, and low-flow fixtures to decrease water and energy use in rest rooms.