Learning Resource Center
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WSU continues to improve the Learning Resource Center (LRC). Construction of a new metal overclad to the exterior of the building was completed in early 2013. The high-performance wall system sheds water, which will help to remediate water infiltration that has plagued the LRC since it was built in 1968. The system will also help to upgrade the thermal characteristics of the building to the current standard. The stairs leading to the first floor main entry were replaced and an entrance canopy provides a more welcoming and open entrance. In addition, eight new windows were added to the building, bringing in more natural light.
The overclad will be a gold color and was selected because it complements the adjacent brick material that is a major characteristic of all the buildings on campus as well as for it’s reflective properties. The gold color selected produces a very interesting faceted look to the building as the sun moves across the sky and hits each of the 24 walls at a different angle.
First Floor Renovations :: Fall 2010
In the fall of 2010 students were greeted by a welcome change to the main floor of the Library. Renovations included the creation of a wireless Internet cafe and study lounge, modernization of the circulation desk, and the creation of a new children's library, replacing what was previously the periodicals section. This aims to meet the programming needs of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle/Secondary Education students. This area will welcome both adults and young children, support youth reading programs and provide space for classes or study groups.
Solar Panel Installation :: Spring 2009
On February 28, 2007, the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust (MRET), now the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC), awarded the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) $560,000 to support a 105KW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic installation on Worcester State’s Learning Resource Center.
The installation of 540 solar panels, which was completed in the spring of 2009, is the largest on any college campus in the state, and the largest in Worcester, according to the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The photovoltaic array will generate over 140,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which is enough energy to supply electricity to 20 homes of about 2,800 square feet each.
The panels should pay for themselves in about 15 years and their lifespan is expected to be about 30 years. The photovoltaic array is funded by IRS Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBS) and a grant from the Mass Technology Collaborative. The installation, was managed on behalf of the university by Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM). For this project, DCAM, in coordination with, the Department of Energy Resources, and Mass Development Financing Authority assisted the college to secure the CREBS, which are no interest bonds approved through the federal IRS. The solar panels are manufactured by Marlborough, Massachusetts-based Evergreen Solar.
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