Berea College Building Green Residence Hall

Sep 7, 2012

BEREA, Ky.  -- Berea College is planning to construct another energy-efficient residence hall on its eastern Kentucky campus using high-tech solar and thermal power to keep energy bills low.

The Richmond Register reports the 66-room facility will tap solar and thermal energy and will use high-efficiency lighting, insulation and low-flow water fixtures.

It will house 120 students and cost around $16 million to construct.

The facility is the first residential facility on campus since the school built its EcoVillage over a decade ago. Residents in that facility use less water and energy and recycle and reuse at least half of the trash and waste.

The building site will have rain gardens, bio-retention ponds and special concrete to help manage storm water runoff.

The Berea City Council is planning to serve as the college's bond issuing authority for the project, which is going up near Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant.

Berea City Administrator Randy Stone said the city will simply act as the issuing authority, which means it will not be liable for funding.

The new facility's construction methods, sustainability features and use of local and recycled materials will seek a certification designation from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which is given by the U.S. Green Building Council. Two other campus buildings have earned the designation.