Mississippi State University Building Spotlights Solar

May 03, 2003

Front view of Mississippi State University Landscape Architecture Building

The new Landscape Architecture Building on the campus of Mississippi State University is an example of construction in harmony with natural ecological systems. Credit: Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University (MSU) inaugurated its new Landscape Architecture Building at the Starkville campus on April 11th. Energy features at the building include a geothermal ground-source heat pump for heating and cooling; this feature is expected to reduce the utility bills for the facility by as much as 50%. Large roof overhangs shade the windows in summer, thus reducing cooling loads from the sun in summer. Finally, a sidewalk canopy is constructed of photovoltaic (PV) arrays. Rated at 15 kW, the new PV array will provide power to the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Green Power Switch? program. For details about the green power part of the story, see the TVA press release.

The MSU team worked with architects Dale and Associates of Jackson, as well as the Mississippi Bureau of Buildings officials to design the buildings. Read more and find contacts at the facility from the MSU news story.