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Industry Updates: News & Awards




By Selena Fragassi

 


Colorado State Becomes First University to Shine with Platinum STARS
The campus in Fort Collins, Colorado has long been known as one of the most sustainable universities in the nation thanks to 17 LEED certified buildings, programs offering alternative transportation and an Energy Reserve Fund that pays for energy-efficient upgrades to campus buildings. Those efforts have paid off with a new platinum rating from STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System). Though STARS regularly evaluates 700 campuses across the globe, CSU is the first to receive the platinum distinction, the highest level possible.
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University of British Columbia Vancouver Welcomes New Alumni Centre
In May, UBC Vancouver opened the doors to its latest building, the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. Located in the heart of campus, the modern spaces allow for up to 300 guests in theatre-style seating or in rounds of eight. Included are an executive boardroom, welcome centre, classrooms and multi-purpose meeting rooms for workshops and breakout sessions. As part of a leading research university, there’s also an abundance of state-of-the-art technology at the centre including specialty audio, video projection, telecommunication services, digital signage and video/web conferencing. It’s now open to the public for booking.
UniqueVenues.ca/UBC

New Intellectual House Is A Native Part of UW Community
A new building at the University of Washington campus in Seattle has been a long-time coming—more than four decades in the making. Called Intellectual House, the 8,400-square-foot multi-service space was built as a learning and gathering spot for Native American students and faculty and is also available to the greater community. It bears a modern Northwest Coast longhouse design, recalling the style of Duwamish homes that once populated the campus grounds. Inside is a gathering space for 500 people, smaller meeting room and large kitchen while outside is an outdoor patio with fire pit where traditional cooking styles are applied. Soon fundraising will begin for a second building with additional space.
UniqueVenues.com/UnivWashington

Happy 50th to Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center!
As the sole conference and lodging center in the New Brunswick, New Jersey area, Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center is the pride and joy of the university. As such, the campus is marking its 50th anniversary in a big way with 50% discounts and free spa services as well as celebrating its highest guest room occupancy in 2014 with a record 14,000 conference visitors, more than 5,000 overnight guests and 260 events. Recent renovations have even further modernized the 21-acre estate, purchased by Rutgers in 1965 from Sydney Bleecker Carpender and his wife, Louise Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson empire. The 20-room Tudor-style manor now features upgraded guest room televisions, window treatments, carpeting, mattresses, bathroom fixtures and refrigerators while the six-room conference center added new computers and audio-visual equipment. Overnight guests also receive complimentary passes to the nearby Cook/Douglass Recreation Center and have access to the university bus system which traverses downtown New Brunswick.
UniqueVenues.com/RutgersCSCC

The Great Outdoors Awaits at Western Carolina University
Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine has named the Cullowhee, North Carolina campus the “number one college for outdoor adventure” in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region for the second year in a row. The decision cited the university’s outdoor programming organization, called Base Camp Cullowhee, that employs three full-time staff members and 25 students that organize activities in the nearby “playgrounds” of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, which includes whitewater kayaking, sky diving, rock climbing, hiking and a regular river clean up. There’s also an additional 2,100-square-foot indoor rock climbing facility and 7-mile multi-use trail system available to nearly 9,000 annual visitors.
UniqueVenues.com/WCU
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