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Duquesne Hosting Media Tour of New Residence Hall

Sustainability is Major Feature of New Home for Student Residents This Fall

Duquesne University is hosting a media tour of Des Places Hall, its new, all-suite residence hall on campus. Home to juniors, seniors, graduate and law students, Des Places Hall is a 12-story residence hall that features one-, two- and three-bedroom suites.

Des Places Hall was constructed with Gold LEED certification standards in mind and a commitment to sustainability. It was designed by WTW Architects, which utilized locally manufactured materials and many sustainable technologies. Estimates based upon construction standards indicate that sustainable efforts will save at least 22 percent in energy use.

Some of the environmentally friendly features in Des Places Hall include:

  • Water fountains with water-bottle refilling stations that show amount of plastic water bottles saved by their use
  • Elevators with regenerative drives that generate electricity as they brake going down
  • 5-kilowatt solar panel that provides about 1 percent of the building's energy as well as a light-colored roof membrane to offset heat buildup
  • Carpet tiles, acoustical ceiling tiles and underlay on ceramic tiles made with recycled materials
  • Heat recovery unit in mechanical room tempers outside air before heating and cooling.

During the razing of the building that was previously on the site of Des Places Hall, masonry rubble and materials were ground up and a high-powered magnet used to remove metals, which were then recycled. The remaining materials were then crushed and used for backfill on the site.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to Noon

Where: Des Places Residence Hall, Stevenson and Seitz Street, Duquesne's campus.

Information: Media are asked to call Rose Ravasio at 412.396.6051/412.818.0234 to register and to arrange free parking.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.