The 42,956-square-foot CAST building consists of lab and office space that accommodates programs including civil, electrical, computer and telecom engineering, packaging science and environmental management. Its main floor features the McGowan Student Commons, a space for social gatherings, special events and showcasing the college’s programs. The CAST building also serves as a component of the college's curriculum. The building itself is being used as a teaching tool for sustainable design practices.
This addition to the RIT campus has been designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Rating System of the U.S. Green Building Council. CAST was awarded LEED Gold, becoming the second university building to achieve this rating in New York state.
The design of CAST implemented a range of sustainable strategies, including management of the site, preferred use of renewable or recyclable materials, improved design for energy and water efficiency, and measures for indoor air quality. Additional features received credit for “Innovation in Design,” a category for exemplary performance that spans beyond the defined LEED Rating System—and a category that RIT and CAST wholly embraced.
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