Austin Energy Green Building has awarded a 3-Star Rating to the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences and Technology Center – South Building at St. Edward’s University. The building, designed by Moore Rubel Yudell Architects and STG Design, includes a host of sustainable features such as energy efficient fixtures, locally-sourced materials, and low-emitting materials.

The landscape design for the facility includes an educational courtyard that features native plants and demonstration gardens. Decomposed granite was used to allow the plants to find and follow their natural growth patterns, which will serve as a model to students of how micro-climates affect a plant’s ability to flourish in nature. Rain gardens were also used as a sustainable water treatment method as well as an educational tool for students and visitors. In addition to its educational nature, the courtyard will eventually mature into a shady gathering space for students.

RVi has worked closely with Sasaki Associates for more than a decade on the St. Edward’s University Campus Master Plan, helping enhance outdoor spaces throughout the campus. For this project, we also collaborated with SEU biology professor Dr. Bill Quinn on the courtyard plant selection.