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Buildings & Grounds

As an urban and historic campus, Saint Louis University strives to maintain the historic nature of the University while embracing new technologies and environmentally friendly practices along with enhancing the beauty of the campus by providing ample green space for the students, faculty, and staff to enjoy.USGBC member organization

  • Facilities Planning and Construction strives to enhance the campus atmosphere with high tech, environmentally friendly buildings, while maintaining the overall historical character that sets us apart. 
  • Grounds Services is tasked with preserving the clean, beautiful, and green atmosphere that is part of Saint Louis University. 

Select the sub-section below for more information about what the University is doing:

Buildings ¦Grounds ¦ Indoor Air Quality ¦ Stormwater Management


Doisy Research Center

  • The 230,173 square foot Doisy Research Center, located on the Medical Center and completed in 2007, marked the University's most ambitious effort to integrate environmental awareness and practices into a new facility. 
    • LEED NC V2.1 certified, view the scorecard via USGBC
    • "Green roof" - low-growing vegetation that requires little care or water - planted on a two-story roof extensions to help stabilize temperatures inside the building
    • Bike racks, showers, and locker rooms for employees who ride their bicycles to work
    • Equipped with an energy-efficient heating and cooling system
    • Recycled steel, concrete, carpeting, and other materials from rapidly renewable sources, such as bamboo and cork, were used throughout the facility
    • For more information about the Doisy Research Center's design and construction, click here



  • The Center for Global Citizenship renovation project, completed in 2013, showed our commitment to adaptive reuse of historic buildings on campus. Built in 1925, the former West Pine Gym, was converted from a recreation facility to a global student commons and auditorium space. Planning and Construction was nominated for the 2014 "Emerging Leader" Growing Green Award, provided by the US Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter, for the sustainable building practices implemented in this project. 
    • Natural daylighting utilized in the common area
    • Low flow fixtures installed in restrooms
    • LED lighting installed throughout building

Scott Hall
  • 2013 saw the transformation of a 47 year old former office building in downtown St. Louis into the new home for the School of Law, Scott Hall. The project aimed to expand the office building into an exquisite, state-of-the-art facility to accommodate the law school's programming needs. Over 90% of the buildings core and shell were able to be retained, conserving 1,400 tons of steel and 4,225 tons of concrete.
    • Existing mechanical equipment repaired and/or reconfigured to improve efficiency
    • LED and CFL lighting used throughout facility
    • Low flow plumbing fixtures installed
    • Water bottle filling stations installed on every floor of facility

Scott Hall
  • The new residence hall at Laclede and Spring, NRH-1, is scheduled for move in fall 2016. The $42.8 million, eight-story, 154,000 square foot project takes advantage of both recycled and regional materials, using at least 20% recycled and 20% regional materials.
    • built to LEED silver standards
    • LED lighting in high occupied spaces
    • Heating / cooling system is 25% more efficient than standard system for building type
    • Storm water detained and diverted from sewer system and filtered for water quality
    • Water bottle filling stations throughout
    • Carpeting made from 45-78% recycled content material
    • For a full list of sustainable features, click here.

Grounds Tree Campus USA

  • SLU has been designated an official Tree Campus USA from 2012 - 2014 and will continue to make efforts to maintain this designation. To learn more, please visit Facilities Services Achievements page or the official Tree Campus USA website.

  • Integrated Pest Management Plan
    • IPM is a process to solve pest problems while minimizing the risks to people and the environment
      • The use of natural fertilizers and minimal use of pesticides are two of the main objectives of this plan
    • 55 acres of campus grounds are covered by this new plan
  • Sustainable Landscaping:
      • Implemented in 2010, native plant installation is emphasized on all new projects with a target goal of 50% of plant material used being native plants. Examples include:
    • Salus Center parking lot - almost 600 native plants installed. Varieties planted include Blue Wild Indigo, Aster, Coreopsis, Purple Coneflower, Rattlesnake Master, Wild Bergamot, Yellow Gray Coneflower, Goldenrod, and Golden Alexander
    • Nutt Park - over 130 native plants installed in new perennial beds. Varieties planted include Purple Coneflower, Carex, Heliopsis, Blazing Star, Bee Balm, Turtlehead, and Rudbeckia
    • The University strives to use perennial flowers and shrubs in all areas, when possible. In addition, Fescue grasses are planted in all new installations.
      • Fescue grasses are drought tolerant, require less fertilizer, and are more heat resistant than other grasses
      • Examples of installations include: Medical Center Recreation Stadium, Chaifetz Arena, Education Union, and the Doisy Research Center 
    • The majority of all yard waste is composted and reused on-site. Natural Fertilizer
      • In 2010, the Grounds Department implemented a composting/mulching practice which includes all landscaping waste including but not limited to grass, leaves, and other landscape related debris. 
      • This practice has led to an 85% reduction in disposal and landfill fees over previous fiscal years.
      • Difficult to compost items, such as tree stumps, are transported by SLU's waste hauler and puts it through a composting process that allows them to use it for an additive to the soil cover at the landfill site.
    • Natural fertilizers are used in flower beds and athletic fields, collected from the on-site yard waste composting location.
      • Four applications of fertilizer are done each year, of which 3 are organic
  • The Grounds Department's Snow & Ice removal policy calls for the minimization of salt runoff 
    • Calcium applications are applied in early winter and late spring along all turf and landscape areas to help remove salt from the soil profile
  • SLU's Organic Teaching Garden
    • The Medical Center campus is home to the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics teaching garden.
    • The garden is used to extend the classroom outdoors and combines the study of nutrition and dietetics with culinary arts with a focus on sustainable food systems. For more information, visit Nutrition and Dietetics website.
    • In 2014, the garden expanded to include an Urban Orchard
      • 61 fruit trees and plants were planted
      • Besides being used as a classroom, the fruit from the orchard will be used in the Fresh Gatherings Cafe and Fresh Gatherings Harvest. Any remaining fruit will be given to Campus  Kitchen to be used in their food preparations.
    • In May 2014, the department began an initiative called "Phytoremediation through Sunflowers". The process involves using plants to remediate soil contaminates. This specific program utilizes these techniques and the steps involved in using sunflowers as a remediating agent. The sunflowers were planted just south of the garden near the southwest corner of Compton Ave and Caroline St.  For a more detailed location, check out the sustainability map.
  • Milkweeds for Monarchs - St. Louis Butterfly Project: an effort to advance elements of the City of St. Louis SustainabilityMilkweeds for Monarchs Plan and a priority in the Mayor's Sustainability Action Agenda by helping connect people to urban nature. In November 2014, SLU's Grounds Services planted approximately 300 square feet of flower beds for this initiative. Three flower beds were installed with two beds outside Shannon Hall and one just west of Monsanto Hall. (Gardens are located inside the Koenig Plaza)
    • Plantings included: 15 Purple Coneflowers, 15 Orange Coneflowers, 15 Goldenrods, 15 Bee Balm/Bergamots, 15 Asters, and a combination of 15 Whorled Milkweeds, Common Milkweeds, Swamp/Marsh Milkweeds, and Butterfly Weeds.

  • Stormwater Management

    • Ellen Clark Dog Park: Sculpture park at the northeast corner of Lindell and Grand Boulevards
      • Site was previously home to a Jack in the Box restaurant, a bar, and a two-story commercial building
      • Remediation of land like this is sustainable because it reduces the amount of stormwater runoff and provides green space to the urban campus area
    • Honeycomb grass paver system: installed at both the Medical Center Recreation Complex and the Doisy Research Center in emergency and service vehicles parking area.
      • These pavers reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and allows for water to seep into the ground replenishing the groundwater in the area
    • Campus Stormwater Management System: Located on the east side of the Busch Student Center, an area prone to flooding and erosion.Storm Water Garden
      • Designed by four engineering students as part of the EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge.
      • Funded by MSD and installed by SLU's Grounds Department
      • Total area of the project was 2,585 square feet of impervious surface and is projected to redirect 7,473 cubic feet of water from the sewer system
      • Includes three rain barrels, two bio-retention basins, a pervious path, and re-grading of the entire site

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