WVU will soon have a green greenhouse.

The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design’s new Plant and Soil Sciences Greenhouse being built on the Evansdale Campus will be West Virginia University’s second building to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. Oglebay Hall on the downtown campus was the first.

“The facility has been designed to meet LEED gold and is only a few points from reaching platinum,” said John Sommers, construction manager for WVU Facilities Management. “We have been analyzing the design and budget to see if we can reach the next level.”

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system from the U.S. Green Building Council which provides verification that a facility was constructed with sustainable, energy-saving features.

The total project is estimated to cost about $5 million. The U.S. Forest Service will supply 25 percent of the overall cost as it will occupy research facilities at the Agricultural Sciences Greenhouse. The U.S. Forest Service currently occupies research facilities in Star City, but could not build or expand the greenhouse at the current location.

“The partnership is a natural fit and will bring the U.S. Forest Service in even closer proximity to the Davis College. Students and faculty will undoubtedly become more aware of U.S. Forest Service projects through this closer proximity, which will most likely lead to enhanced relationships and collaborations,” said Dr. Sven Verlinden of the WVU Division of Plant and Soil Sciences.

Demolition of the old greenhouse will begin after a groundbreaking ceremony next spring. Plans are to be in the new facility in time for the fall semester.

The new greenhouse will include two state-of-art teaching laboratories, a tissue culture room for cutting edge plant propagation education, a work area, room for growth chambers, plenty of storage, and office space. The USDA Forest Service will occupy a dry and wet laboratory space, an office, and have room for storage and growth chambers.

For more information about the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, go to http://www.davis.wvu.edu/.

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dw/11/30/09

CONTACT: John Sommers, facilities management
304-293-2856, John.Sommers@mail.wvu.edu