Originally built in 1974 to serve as the State Library, the building underwent a complete renovation in 2009-2010 to accomodate office space on the second floor and to modernize the building and make it more efficient.

The MacKay Building renovation project earned LEED Silver certification on June 2, 2011 for use of green building principles to achieve energy efficiency and water savings, design and materials selection to promote indoor environmental quality, and sustainable site development.

Performance Update!

In FY12, the MacKay Building was a campus leader in efficiency and sustainability.  It used 64% less electricity and 48% less natural gas than the average campus buildling.  Occupants had the lowest indoor water use rate on campus and recycled more than 1,100 pounds of material every month.

Energy Efficiency:

  • High efficiency heating and cooling systems, energy recovery systems, and precise enivronmental controls reduce energy use by 17%, saving enough energy to power three homes;
  • High efficiency lighting that is motion and daylight senstive cut the cost of lighting in half.
  • Insulation was added and new energy efficient windows were installed;
  • A third-party engineer verified that building systems were designed, installed and calibrated to operate at peak efficiency.

Water Efficiency:

  • Low flow bathroom fixtures reduce water use by 45%, saving nearly 150,000 gallons of water every year;
  • Using native grasses and plants that don't need irrigation or chemical fertilizers for landscaping saves 600,000 gallons of water every year.

Materials & Resources:

  • More than 54 tons of construction waste generated during renovation was sent to recycling centers or reused instead of dumped in the landfill;
  • 50% of wood used in paneling and finishes came from FSC certified renewable forests;
  • 10% of construction materials used in renovation included recycled content;
  • A recycling program collects office paper, plastic, aluminum, newsprint & catalogues, and cardboard generated in daily operations.

Indoor Environmental Quality:

  • Carpeting, paint and adhesives are made of materials that release fewer and less harmful chemical fumes;
  • After renovation, air in the building was flushed out with outside air to ensure high indoor air quality before occupancy;
  • Tobacco use is prohibited.

Sustainable Site Development:

  • Stormwater runoff is filtered to prevent pollutants from entering the local watershed;
  • Outdoor lighting does not point up or out and contribute to light pollution, but illuminates on specific areas for safety;
  • Preferred parking is provided for carpools and fuel efficient and low emission vehicles to reduce the impact of automobile transportation.