Building design not sustainable

By Jim Utterback

With all this talk about promoting sustainability, let’s start by ensuring buildings on campus run efficiently. Temple Hoyne Buell Hall is burning up! It’s 85 degrees in my studio. During winter it was freezing. Students had to bring in space heaters to stay warm because it seemed like the AC was on. Now that it is getting warmer, it’s like a toaster? What’s going on here?

The architecture department wanted a building designed to teach architecture students about different components within a building. What they got was a perfect example of how to build an inefficient, poorly designed and very unsustainable building.