Innovator Article

Gallagher Hall Going Solar
Sun Power Expected to Bring LEED Platinum Rating

Image of Gallagher Hall Going Solar

Sunshine will soon provide a boost of renewable energy to power the Graduate School of Management’s campus home, Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. Hall, and the adjoining UC Davis Conference Center, helping to push the year-and-half-old ecofriendly buildings into the elite class of green construction.

The planned addition of a 102-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array atop the two buildings later this year is expected to earn the project Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) program, the national benchmark for the design, construction and operations of high-performance green buildings.

Gallagher Hall could become the first business school building in California to earn the Platinum seal of environmental sustainability.

UC Davis has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Main Street Power Company of Colorado to install and operate the 144,000 kilowatt/hour solar system, according to Pablo Orozco, assistant director of engineering for project management at UC Davis. “This is localized power that is expected to produce about 15–20 percent of the building need,” Orozco explained. “We anticipate no opportunities to export this power elsewhere to campus because there will always be a base load in the building bigger than the solar power the system produces.”

The solar arrays are expected to contribute three additional points toward the Gallagher Hall/Conference Center LEED submission, pushing it past the 52-point threshold for a Platinum rating, according to Strachan Forgan, a principal at Sasaki of San Francisco, the lead architects on the project. Forgan said the U.S. Green Building Council is reviewing the submission with a final designation expected as early as mid-June.

“This is a great addition to our campus home, making Gallagher Hall the most green business school building in California,” said Dean Steven Currall. “It reflects the Graduate School of Management’s and UC Davis’ culture of environmental responsibility and our collective commitment to furthering the global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices.

“UC Davis is a pioneer in clean tech research and energy efficiency solutions, and this is yet another example of how such technologies are cutting our own dependency on fossil fuels,” Currall added.

Comments

Post new comment

759428932 » If you have a visual disability, please type the numbers two one three three into the box. Your submission will be promptly reviewed by a validation service and sent to the site administrators.
By proving you are not a machine, you help us prevent spam and keep the site secure.

Commands

Twitter Feed

Loading tweets...

News Release

UC Davis Graduate School of Management partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs to drive technologies from lab to market

Image of UC Davis Graduate School of Management partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs to drive technologies from lab to market

(Davis, Calif.) – With a joint goal of speeding the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have announced a new partnership for researchers to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

Spotlight Story

Vickie Sherman MBA 13 Finds Her Passion, Her Career—and Herself

Image of Vickie Sherman MBA 13 Finds Her Passion, Her Career—and Herself

What opportunities, decisions, events have shaped your professional life?

My career path has been a climb across a jungle gym rather than a tangent up a corporate ladder. As a child, I used to thumb through the three-inch JCPenney catalogue, picking out the professional women who I would grow to be. I wanted to rule the world from a corner office in a suit and heels. I wanted to shed my humble origins and become Corporate Barbie.

Spotlight Story

MBA Student Consultants Make an IMPACT
Projects Put Business Needs Front and Center

Image of MBA Student Consultants Make an IMPACT

Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.

Spotlight Story

UC Davis Part-Time MBA in Top 8%, Full-Time MBA in Top 9%
U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings: This marks the 19th consecutive year our MBA program has been ranked among the best in the nation.

Image of  UC Davis Part-Time MBA in Top 8%, Full-Time MBA in Top 9%

(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been ranked among the top six percent of AACSB International-accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.