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James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building

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1405 University Drive





University of Minnesota Duluth


  • Stanius Johnson Architects
  • General Contractor: Stahl Construction
  • Structural Engineer: MBJ Consulting

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35,300 sq. feet

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"The new 35,300 gross square foot UMD James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building is LEED Gold Certified. A healthy environment for the occupants was achieved by integrating sustainable strategies including; increased ventilation, use of low-emitting construction materials, advanced lighting control, advanced thermal comfort control, access to daylight and views for occupied spaces, and the use of an under-floor air distribution system. Native plantings and rain gardens dot the east and west elevations. A green roof with native plant materials helps to reduce storm runoff, cool the building, reduce noise, and reduce glare from surrounding buildings. The design of the new Civil Engineering Building highlights construction and site systems related to the field of study. These include oversized scuppers that channel storm water from the roof to the trio the monumental French drain, two 15 ton gantry cranes located within the 25+ feet high Structural Lab and Hydrology Lab, and a precast concrete Structural Lab with installation materials left in place for learning. Using exterior materials that are consistent with other campus buildings and locally available materials from excavation and mining in the area, the building maintains a connection to the campus and to the regional economy.
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