The University of North Texas Apogee Stadium is the first LEED certified football stadium in the nation. Knez Building Materials Co. has highlights on this platinum project along with other leading-industry projects on the Knez blog.
The University of North Texas (UNT) 31,000-seat Apogee Stadium in Denton features sustainable designing in four areas. Perhaps the most notable area is water and energy consumption. Apogee Stadium is equipped with low-flow sinks, toilets, and showers, reducing water consumption by more than 50 percent.
A web-based system monitors energy production and three wind turbines produce close to 500,000 kilowatt hours every year, which will prevent 323 metric tons of CO2 from being released into the air annually. Energy costs are expected to be reduced by as much as 25 percent.
Another design feature of UNT’s LEED Platinum Apogee Stadium is its indoor facility. Occupants get plenty of natural daylight and facility staff practice green maintenance and operations. Paints, sealants, and flooring with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were also used to improve air quality for stadium occupants.
Other Apogee Stadium LEED Platinum features, such as native landscaping, preferred carpool parking, and paved walkways, enhance its surroundings. To boot, 75 percent of construction waste was recycled and 47 percent of new materials came from local manufacturers.
In addition to its LEED Platinum sustainable design features, Apogee Stadium has luxury suites, the Spirit Store, and a variety of amenities for sports-goers, visitors, and local organizations to use for community events and competitions.
UNT has three other LEED Certified buildings, including its main Denton campus, the Health and Science Center in Fort Worth, and UNT Dallas. According to UNT Chancellor Lee Jackson, “As a university system, we are committed to building campuses that minimize the use of natural resources and don’t harm the environment.” Jackson wants to see all future UNT buildings meet green building standards.
Check out UNT’s Apogee Stadium time lapse video here: