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NACDA and USG Announce Finalists for 2017 Sustainability Award

June 12, 2017

CLEVELAND - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USG Corporation (NYSE: USG) have selected the three finalists for the third annual USG NACDA Sustainability Award. The announcement was made at the 52nd Annual NACDA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

The Sustainability Award will be presented in the fall, at an on-campus event hosted by the winning institution. The award was designed to recognize NACDA member institutions across all divisions, honoring athletics directors and their universities for incorporating sustainable practices and materials into their athletics facilities. A seven-person committee consisting of athletics directors across the country and representatives from USG and NACDA will help choose this year's award winner.

The finalists for the Sustainability Award are:

  • UC San Diego
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Oregon

The winning school will receive $40,000 in USG product, and second and third place will win $10,000 each in USG product, for use toward any athletics or academic facility at the selected institution.

"USG congratulates this year's Sustainability Award finalists. We applaud the universities that are making significant efforts to improve the sustainability of their facilities.” said Jeff White, Vice President, Marketing at United States Gypsum Company. “Universities are an essential component of the communities where they reside, and it's encouraging to see the effort that UC San Diego, Colorado and Oregon have made to build in a more sustainable manner. We are hopeful this recognition will motivate more organizations to focus on their own sustainability practices.”

“Upon review of the applicants for the USG NACDA Sustainability Award, we were once again pleased with the quality and variety of submissions we received in the award’s third year,” said NACDA Executive Director, Bob Vecchione. “As the facilities arms race continues to heat up in college athletics, it is rewarding to see the great strides these three finalists have made in their goals to maximize functionality while creating sustainable spaces on campus.”

Below are descriptions of the three facilities that earned these institutions recognition as finalists for the USG NACDA Sustainability Award.

UC San Diego
Facility: Alex G. Spanos Athletic Performance Center
Architect: Hanna Gabriel Wells

With a series of Capital Improvement projects in support of transitioning to Division I, Triton Athletics not only met, but surpassed the baseline sustainability goals set by the University. The Alex G. Spanos Athletic Performance Center features state-of-the-art zones for strength, conditioning, athletic training and rehabilitation. UCSD student-athletes have access to top-notch amenities in the Spanos Center including 15 Hammer Strength Power Racks, Keiser Functional Trainers, Tendo units, Wattbikes, a 12-person hydrotherapy pool and an AlterG (anti-gravity) Treadmill. UCSD Spanos Athletic Performance Center achieved LEED Gold Certification and low-emitting materials were used throughout. Sustainable features include but are not limited to: on-site storm water management that utilizes bio-swale retention systems; reduction in heat island effect achieved using light reflecting roofing and paving materials; water efficiency from low water use landscaping, drip irrigation and low-flow plumbing fixtures.  

University of Colorado
Facility: Champions Center and Indoor Practice Facility
Architect: Populous

The Champions Center at University of Colorado Boulder is home to the Sports Performance Center Wellness program to serve both the campus and the surrounding athletic community with world-class performance assessments. The new facility features weight training, sports medicine, and physical therapy, sports nutrition, and physiology resources. While located on the campus, it’s a leader for the community and indoor training and field amenities can be used year-round. The training facility opened as the nation’s first Net-zero indoor practice facility in January 2016 and is on track to achieve LEED Platinum from USGBC. The facility improvements are designed as a seamless extension of the unique and historic architectural heritage integral throughout the Boulder, Colorado campus. Each building is interpreted with rigorous classical design and traditional detailing and they have become new architectural "landmarks" within the historic campus. Populous was able to enhance both the fan and student athlete experience with new amenities in the Champions Center.

University of Oregon
Facility: Student Recreation Center
Architect: RDG Planning & Design

The Student Recreation Center (SRC) expansion & renovation was completed in full light of the department’s vision for the future. The new facility was intended to become a prime campus venue to celebrate recreational, social, and intellectual activities that positively contribute to the overall student experience. This new facility has been a tremendous success for the entire campus community. The new construction is an energy efficient structure with well-controlled natural daylight. The facility exceeds State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) standards, targeting the UO Model of Sustainable Development of 35% more energy efficient than Oregon Energy Code requirements, and it achieved the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. This facility uses only 43% of the energy, and 34% of the potable water when compared to its peers.

About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 52nd year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 15,700 college athletics administrators at more than 1,700 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 6,500 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 17 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.

About USG:  USG Corporation is an industry-leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions. Headquartered in Chicago, USG serves construction markets around the world through its United States Gypsum Company and USG Interiors subsidiaries and its international subsidiaries, including its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Its wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing and roofing products provide the solutions that enable customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play. Its USG Boral Building Products joint venture is a leading plasterboard and ceilings producer across Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. For additional information, visit www.usg.com.