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Read the Marywood University Press Release “?Green? Architecture Students?First in Region?Witness Another First” of September 4, 2009 here, and see a short WNEP-TV video report here. Visit the Marywood University School of Architecture here, and see photos from the first day of class.

“On September 1, 2009, Northeast Pennsylvania?s first Architecture students stood in awe, and then scattered to take hundreds of cell phone photos, mingle with their new classmates, and then listen attentively this afternoon as they witnessed what everyone had been waiting more than a year for?the opening of the first academic year for the new Center for Architectural Studies, the spacious learning lab of ?green? architecture that will be the academic home for the next four to six years for these future environmental stewards. It was the first day of class for the new Marywood University School of Architecture, and there was no shortage of celebration or excitement,” (Marywood University).Led by Marywood University President Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D., the University?s $4.5 million project is northeast Pennsylvania?s first School of Architecture, with a special emphasis on green architecture and environmental stewardship. For example, nearly 92% of the new school’s construction waste was reused. The new school is one of just a handful of architecture programs designed to graduate students with LEED certification.

The Center’s greenroof is “a huge expanse of three-inch high succulent plants in dozens of rows of gravel pans on the north side of the building. The green roof provides insulation to the facility, helping to retain heat in winter and cool air in warm months. Rainwater captured beneath the plants will be used in the Center?s gray-water plumbing for bathroom facilities, (Press Release).


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