In just one year since Towson University opened its new SECU Arena, total student ticket sales have nearly tripled, from 5,226 to 15,002 tickets sold, increasing revenues for the Athletics department by 50%! For men's basketball alone, student attendance increased by 194% from last season and ticket sales jumped by 209%. Athletic Director, Tim Leonard, attributes the incredible growth in fan following to the 2013 opening of the SECU Arena and men's basketball team's strong performance.
At St. Edwards University, the Munday Library cuts energy use by a documented 30%. An underfloor air plenum provides efficient air conditioning under the hot Texas sun. Expanses of high performance glass are shaded by large overhangs, a strategy that provides copious natural light while minimizing cooling demands. Outdoors, the landscape features native, drought-tolerant species.
Featuring more than 15 acres of newly created wetland habitat, Jiading Park's waterways integrated ecological restoration techniques such as biodegradable erosion control. The park's 25 different types of wetland species filter stormwater runoff and significantly improve water quality. This restored habitat also provides food and shelter to support the region's recovering population of waterfowl.
The Avenue development in Washington DC includes commercial office space, retail, and residential units. The full transit-oriented development contributes an estimated $11.5 million in annual city tax revenue.
In addition to preserving 2,312 existing trees, Jiading Park created 30 acres of new woodlands, adding 12,284 new trees of 71 different species—all 100% native to the Changjiang (Yangtze) Plain eco-region.
Since 2006, the University of Pennsylvania has made significant achievements implemented from Sasaki's Penn Connects plan. They've acquired $1.9 billion in new capital investment and $500 million in private real estate development dollars. The university has completed 10 new buildings, 12 renovation projects, and a 24-acre park—for a total of 4.8 million square feet of new and renovated space.
The courtyard at The Avenue eliminates the use of potable water, saving 76,000 gallons of water and approximately $730 per year. The landscape reuses runoff, features native and drought-tolerant plants, and incorporates high-efficiency irrigation systems, reducing water needed for irrigation by 62%.
Renovated pool saves estimated 18 million gallons of water
The renovated Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool reduces annual potable water use from approximately 25 million gallons to less than 4 million gallons. The new pool sources grey water from the World War II Memorial and river water from the Potomac River, which is then pump filtered and ozone treated.
The unique modular office system of National Grid's New England corporate office reduced square footage per person by more than 50%, conserving construction materials, saving money, and reducing overall environmental impact. The system provides flexibility, allowing National Grid to change and evolve over decades without significant renovations.
At Jiading Park in Shanghai, restoring wetland and woodland has drastically improved water and air quality and biodiversity. Reusing materials, including 3,100 square meters of asphalt and 50,000 salvaged roof tiles, has reduced emissions and lowered costs. Rainwater harvesting has decreased potable water demand by 3.3 million gallons annually.
At Wilmington Waterfront Park, innovative photo-catalytic technology transforms harmful air pollutants to inert organic compounds through a surface coating of titanium dioxide [Ti02] applied to planted terrace walls. The landforms provide noise attenuation resulting in a decrease of 10 decibels to create a peaceful internal park and residential setting.
Corpus Christi's Bayfront Park includes 35-foot wind turbines along the waterfront designed to supply the park's energy needs. Inspired by conch shells, they serve as iconic landmarks and kinetic art. Harvesting this energy makes a cultural and historical connection by harnessing potentially harmful winds.
Three key infrastructure components—the Thu Thiem Bridge, the East/West Boulevard, and the East/West Tunnel—have been constructed, connecting the 657 hectare peninsula of Thu Thiem to the existing city for the first time in the city's history.
Sustainable lighting design far surpasses energy code minimums
At National Grid's New England corporate office, combined task and ambient lighting provides illumination only where needed, creating responsive, light-filled space. These advanced strategies result in a lighting power density (excluding task lights) of .54 watts/square foot, 46% below code minimums.
Corpus Christi's North Bayfront Park, created by relocating and reducing traffic lanes on Shoreline Boulevard, demonstrates innovation in rainwater management. It provides a 30% reduction in impervious surfaces and, during a one inch rain event, treats nearly 44,000 gallons of rainwater in a rain garden planted with native coastal meadow plants.