National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

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Project Scope: The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station, a 32,000-square-foot research facility that contains laboratories, classrooms and riverside access, serves as a model of green construction with minimal environmental impact, integrated renewable energy systems and internal recycling systems.
RSS crews installed a roofing system that is a green living roof with six inches of recycled material/styrofoam insulation, 12 inches of special “manufactured” soil, native grasses, an observation deck, and an ADA-compliant accessible ramp. Recycled materials are employed throughout the building’s construction including:

  • Rebar in the concrete (95% recycled steel)
  • Metal studs (99% recycled metal)
  • Rubber floor tiles (100% recycled material)
  • Countertops (100% recycled glass)
  • Bathroom floor and wall tiles (100% recycled glass)
  • Insulation made from recycled newspaper and paper
  • 90% of construction-related waste has been recycled

The architecture of the building complements the surrounding environment and minimizes visual intrusion on the landscape. The facility received two awards: the Excellence in Design Award for Overall Innovation from the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, and the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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