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Sustainable Design for Ferris

The Facilities Management supports Ferris State University's Facilities Master Plan, updated 03/2009 and strives to attain the goals outlined in the Principle of Sustainability which is to:

  • Incorporate Sustainable Design planning principles throughout the campus to acknowledge global climate challenges. Principles range from:
    • Repositioning parking and roadways to encourage walking & biking
      • The renovation of the TIMME Library to the TIMME Center for Student Services consolidated previously scattered student services in one location.
      • The Granger Center for Construction & HVACR stimulated redevelopment of the northern part of campus.
      • The IRC Connector between the College of Business and the Instructional Resource Center created a collaborative meeting and lounge space which is heavily used by students at all hours of the day.
      • The pedestrian system diagram shows the main pedestrian movement through the campus. The functional walking path system shows the main walking paths students use daily to get from one area of the campus to another.

    • Expansion of greenways and intramural sports fields

      • The Ferris Library for Information, Technology & Education (FLITE) building located at the termination of Perry Street, reintroduced the historic front entrance to the University, and defined the adjacent Quad at the campus epicenter.
      • The greenspace system diagram shows the use of open land area as an integrated outdoor space on the campus.
    • Storm water retention strategies (permeable paving, bioremediation, etc.), rain gardens, building energy conservation and alternative energy sources.

  • Our goal is a LEED Silver rating (and minimum LEED certification) for all new campus buildings and major renovations.

  • Exploring opportunities to enhance our campus recycling program.