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University Facilities Attend the USGBC-NJ Awards Gala

Posted in: Construction News, Facilities Staff News & Events, Facilities Updates, Sustainability

group of MSU staff accepting award for CELS

Montclair State University’s Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS) was awarded an honorable mention in the category Sustainable Schools on May 22, 2019 at the USGBC-NJ Awards Gala. Frank Cunha, III, Montclair State’s Director of Architectural Services, accepted the award on behalf of the University.

CELS creates a transdisciplinary, collaborative environment for the College of Science & Mathematics. The building was conceived as a 21st Century research facility that will drive scientific discovery & technological innovation in the areas of pharmaceutical life sciences & and environmental management/sustainability. Scientists and non-scientists from different disciplines will be able to engage in cooperative research, aspire to a mutual learning process, and conduct transdisciplinary research in a flexible, sustainable environment. The research is intended to be a hybridized form of learning, traditional research, and application with a focus on the sustainable development of these disciplines. The building itself is a teaching tool, achieving an innovation credit for developing an educational program around the sustainable features of the building. The sustainability inherent in Montclair’s campus helped propel this project to a LEED Gold certification, exceeding the Silver level originally anticipated. CELS achieved high performance in Water Efficiency and Indoor Environmental Quality while also improving energy performance and use of sustainable materials.