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Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Development Cluster


The Merrill Place Residence Hall being constructed at PSU has high sustainability standards and is on-track to be built to LEED (Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design) Gold level standards, which means the building adheres to the standards of the US Green Building Council’s criteria for what makes a building sustainable. Presenting information about the building’s sustainability features to users of it can influence their own behavior in the building and beyond, highlights the progressive work of PSU and Perkins and Will, and demonstrates PSU’s commitment to sustainability and to engaging students in cluster based work to tell our story.

To meet these needs the project brings students in multiple classes together with PSU Office of Environmental Sustainability staff, Residential Life staff, faculty from multiple departments, and members of the Perkins and Will design team to collaborate through a series of class assignments to produce signage for the building. Students in two sections of the fall ‘16 Issues in Sustainability class had several visits with OES and Perkins and Will staff to identify the most salient features of the building to highlight in the signage. The Merrill Place Design Team made of PSU staff and members of the Perkins and Will firm determined the final deliverables for the building produced from the student work. A graphic design class will use the information produced by the classes in collaboration with the building design team and others involved in the work to produce final designs for the signage. The final products are seven (7) signs: One for the lobby describing the project as a whole, and signs for floors 2-7 that each highlight a different sustainability feature of the building.


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