Eckerd College finishing $25M science center full of eco-friendly perks
By Waveney Ann Moore
ST. PETERSBURG — As Eckerd College began planning its $25 million state-of-the-art science building with an eye toward environmental sustainability, taking advantage of one of the world's largest water reclamation systems seemed a given.
So when the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences opens on Jan. 31, its heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system will use reclaimed water from St. Petersburg's reclamation plant nearby.
The move will save thousands of gallons of water a day and is one of several measures expected to earn the second highest LEED certification for the new building. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.