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February 2007

Elmhurst College receives grant

Elmhurst College received a $116,000 grant from the DuPage County Stormwater Management division to partially fund its innovative strategies for managing and monitoring water as part of a $23 million campus redevelopment project.

The entire project, which includes a new 170-bed residence hall, is now being implemented by Wight & Company, a design, construction and engineering firm at the forefront of sustainable design.

The residence hall and surrounding site will feature the latest Best Management Practices (BMPs) for water management, which are integral to Elmhurst College's plans to achieve LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status on this project. This would make the building the region's first college or university housing unit to earn LEED certification, the U.S. Green Building Council's widely accepted scoring method for measuring the sustainability of new construction and renovations.

Water management is especially challenging for 135-year-old Elmhurst College. Although rising enrollment has necessitated construction of additional buildings, the land-locked campus has no available space for a water retention pond. Wight's holistic solution integrates water resource management into both the landscape and built components of the site, including the construction of a 100 percent permeable parking lot and the use of cisterns to capture and recycle rainwater.

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