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Sustainable Growth without the Price Tag - NOT Business as Usual

The nature of higher education entities is to grow. Unfortunately, growth often evokes both physical and fiscal challenges which slow the growing process in any economy. Is growth possible without growing pains?
Founded in 1892, The University of Chicago serves over 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students, houses over 2,000 full-time faculty, and represents 87 Nobel Prize winners across a 215 acre campus. Among one of the top-ranking research institutions across the country, The University needs to maintain its competitive position
by upgrading 1.7 million square feet of historic buildings to state-of-the-art science and technology, laboratory, administrative, and student life facilities and expanding the campus to incorporate advanced research facilities designed to exceed the standards of its globally-ranked competitors. The University not only intends to implement these upgrades, but incorporate them at Net Delta Zero – without increasing energy consumption or the energy cost of the campus.

1. Participants will learn the approach to sustainable planning is essential for a successful end result.
2. Participants will learn how it is possible to expand and upgrade your campus at Net Delta Zero.
3. Participants will share best practices on how energy impacts and energy costs associated with maintaining
campuses’ integrity.

Robert Jones, The University of Chicago; Michael DeSantiago, Primera Engineers, Ltd.; Thomas Baade, Mortenson Construction