What UVU is Doing: Buildings

UVU’s main campus has taken several steps to promote sustainability. In order to cut its energy requirement to heat and cool, the campus was built with a groundwater heat exchange system. This system has been extended to each new building on campus. The system uses groundwater, which stays a relatively constant temperature year-round, to change the temperature above ground. The groundwater heat exchange system is explained in further detail in the “Energy Conservation” section.

In addition to geothermal heat exchange, all new buildings on campus are built to the State DFCM's High Performance Building Standards (HPBS).

Noorda Center for the Performing Arts

NUVI Basketball Center

Cole Nellesen Building - Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism

Classroom Building

Student Life and Wellness

The new Student Life and Wellness Center opened on April 17, 2014. The center achieved LEED Silver Standards and aims to be a source of stress relief, relaxation, and general amenities for students, faculty, and alumni.

Science Building

UVU's Science building opened April 20, 2012 with an LEED silver certification, making it one of the most energy-efficient buildings of its size in the state. The building was constructed, and is operated, with sustainability in mind for both the environment and the people who occupy it. Many steps have been taken to ensure that it is a safe and eco-friendly place to learn.


On July 1, 2008 UVU opened its new library, the first high performance building in the state of Utah. The library boasts a variety of sustainable and efficient practices, including:

  • Heat reflection technology
  • Free cycle ventilation
  • Evaporative cooling
  • Light shelving
  • Automatic light monitors
  • Extra Insulation

Capitol Reef Field Station

October 16, 2008 Capitol Reef Field Station began operations. The facility is completely solar powered and occupants are asked to practice conservation at all times. This partnership with Capitol Reef National Park provides students with valuable opportunities to study the local ecosystem and promote sustainability through:

  • Service
  • Stewardship
  • Teamwork
  • Education