Grounds & Buildings


Student Life Pavillion

Student Life Pavilion, LEED Gold certification


USD’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified green building opened in September 2009 and achieved the Gold certification award in Fall 2010. The Student Life Pavilion (SLP), located near campus and city public transportation, has more than 30 bike racks on site. The SLP is the main dining option on campus, housing a BioHiTech food digester that transforms 3,200 pounds of food waste into water each week. The SLP uses energy-efficient electric appliances, lighting, and heating and cooling systems as well as utilizing light concrete colors that help reflect solar heat. Water fixtures in the SLP reduce consumption by 20-30%. The roof of the SLP is a green roof planted with vegetation to reduce heat absorption, offset vegetation loss, and reduce the urban heat island effect. The building also features signage that communicates to students and serves as a reminder of its sustainability features to the hundreds of students and campus community that use it every day.


Fowler Park, LEED Silver Certification


Completed in Spring 2013, General contractor Turner Construction Company utilized a sustainable site design, local and recycled materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures and more. Fowler Park has Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification and it is the second LEED-certified structure on campus — the Student Life Pavilion, which opened in August 2009, is Gold certified — thus continuing the university’s dedication to sustainability. For more information on Fowler Park design, you can visit our USD Athletics page.




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