Grace Hauenstein Library
In 2006, Aquinas College opened the Grace Hauenstein Library as an expansion of the Jarecki-Lacks Center for Advanced Learning.
The three-story facility is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling uniquely-angled windows, providing natural daylight to over 75% of the interior spaces, making it a peaceful, natural environment for students to study. Exterior views are provided for 93% of the library's regularly occupied spaces. Over 82% of all construction waste was diverted from local landfills through recycling and reuse. Eleven percent of building materials were obtained from salvaged sources, 10% came from recycled sources, and 58% were manufactured within 500 miles of the site.
In September 2008, the 40,000 ft2 facility earned a silver rating in the LEED for New Construction standard.
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