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Building & Grounds

Solar Photovoltaic Canopy Parking Structure (Lot P 2)

This structure is a 1.1 megawatt solar system, making it the largest photovoltaic paneled parking installation at a U.S. university. Completed in the fall of 2007, the structure was estimated to provide 20% of the core campus power. The system offsets approximately 950 metric tons of carbon monoxide emissions – that is equivalent to planting over 24,300 trees or eliminating from our road systems over 200 vehicles a year!

Henry Madden Library

On February 20, 2009, students, faculty and members of the community were in attendance of the long-awaited opening of the new Henry Madden Library. With the wide range of attractive features such as electronic compact bookshelves, hi-definition flat screens, comfortably furnished study rooms, and of course the ever-popular Starbucks café, its no wonder why the library has become the new focal point of Fresno State. However, many people are still unaware of the sustainable features of the Henry Madden Library that, despite the structure's size, make it the most environmentally friendly building on campus. These features include:

  • One of the largest collections of movable stacks in the country, which helps to minimize the overall carbon footprint of the library
  • Highest standards of energy efficient insulation
  • Centralized HVAC which controls air handling areas of the library
  • Thermal comfort managed using fresh, outdoor air rather than conditioned air when appropriate
  • Ubiquitous compact fluorescent lighting
  • Motion sensor activated lighting system in conference and private study rooms
  • North side made entirely of class providing year-round natural lighting, thus lowering energy usage and costs
  • Recycling of the old building materials during demolition
  • Furniture made from recycled materials
  • Carpet tiles designed, produced and disposed of in a cradle-to-cradle process
  • Building materials that were sourced from local manufacturers (i.e. granite and wood used to furnish the library)
  • Newly renovated Peace Garden, which contains native species that require no irrigation and help to manage storm water, thus maximizing efficiency of water use!

Facilities Management is also working on developing and improving the rest of the university grounds through:

  • Use of semi-permeable paving materials to reduce storm drain run-off
  • Low water use plant materials
  • Mulching planting beds
  • Automatic Irrigation
  • Cut irrigation use of campus by 30%