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NACDA and USG announce finalists for 2015 Sustainability Award

June 14, 2015

CLEVELAND -- The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USG Corporation (NYSE: USG) have selected the four finalists for the inaugural USG NACDA Sustainability Award. The announcement was made at the 50th Anniversary NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

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 NCAA Division I institutions, honoring athletics directors and their universities for incorporating sustainable practices and materials into their athletics facilities. An eight-person committee consisting of athletics directors across the country and representatives from USG and NACDA will help choose this year's first award winner.

The finalists for the Sustainability Award are:

  • Southern Methodist University
  • UCLA
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • University of Washington

"Great organizations innovate on all levels, and we should all be inspired by the leadership these institutions have shown when it comes to seeking new ideas and implementing sustainable solutions," said Al Zucco, USG Senior Director, Energy and Sustainability. "USG's commitment to sustainability has significantly contributed to the success of our business--and we want it to do the same for Athletic Directors across the country as they build sustainable environments for athletes and fans."

"In this day and age, one hears so much about sustainability and green initiatives. To actually read the list of accomplishments of our NACDA member institutions in this area is very impressive," said NACDA Executive Director, Bob Vecchione. "These four institutions are very deserving of their status as finalists, having served as trailblazers for the way facilities are constructed, renovated and operated in college athletics today."

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

Southern Methodist University
Facility: Moody Coliseum
Architect: HOK
Completion Date: December 6, 2013
SMU's decision to renovate Moody Coliseum versus tearing it down and building a new facility offsite resulted in the ability to program a significantly higher number of usage days after the renovation was completed. The facility is now used daily for meetings, training, events, and competition. The resulting project saved capital costs compared to building a new facility. It also retained the centralized location on campus for easy access to users through walking, biking, public transportation (campus/city buses), and cars. Moody Coliseum collects cardboard, glass, paper, aluminum, plastics, and metals. The project reused over 50 percent of the project surface area, utilizing the strategy of the 'greenest' building is the one already built.

Facility: Pauley Pavilion
Architect: NBBJ
Completion Date: October 2012
Pauley Pavilion is a site steeped in athletic history and the inspiring legacy of Coach John Wooden. The 13,800 seat area was renovated and expanded from 2010-12 to preserve the original building and enhance player and spectator amenities, as well as expand it significantly to increase capacity for spectators both inside and outside the arena. For such a voluminous space, the mechanical system uses very little energy for cooling and ventilation, through an innovative approach that uses natural buoyancy from the court lighting to drive a large ceiling fan. Renewable energy from biogas, Cogeneration plant electricity, and offsite wind power the facility, while the interior is passively cooled by a massive new solar-reflective roof and the insulating stack effect of the high-bay concourses with their soaring high-performance glass. In July 2014, just after the completion of LEED Certification, the court floor was right in the course of a massive flood from a water main that burst under Sunset Boulevard and released 20 million gallons of water straight down into campus, but once again, the waste was fully diverted from landfill.

United States Air Force Academy
Facility: Cadet Fitness Center
Architect: Hastings + Chivetta
Completion Date: May 16, 2012
In 2010, the Air Force Academy was awarded a Military Construction project to build a Cadet Fitness Center attached to the west end of the Cadet Gymnasium. This project began in the spring of 2011 and was completed in May 2012. This new addition to the Cadet Gymnasium brought together the needed space to ensure the non-intercollegiate cadet had the needed space and equipment necessary to maintain the physical fitness requirements of the academy. In concert with Air Force Policy, at that time, the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) was told to apply sustainable development concepts during the planning, design, construction, environmental management, operation, and maintenance of the Cadet Fitness Center addition to the Cadet Gymnasium. In a letter from S. Richard Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chairman U.S. Green Building Council he congratulated the Academy on earning LEED "GOLD" certification and for its commitment to our common goal of building a healthy, sustainable future at the Academy.

University of Washington
Husky Stadium
360 Architecture
Completion Date:
August 8, 2013
The University of Washington Husky Stadium represents the future of sustainability in sports facilities. The project's approach to sustainability looked past the basics of water and energy conservation to enhance infrastructure, reduce the building's impact on the surrounding environment and provide a platform that has allowed UW to promote sustainability to its stakeholders, students, and fans. The project team identified and implemented strategies to maintain and reuse the shrubs and trees onsite, protecting the buffer zone between the stadium and the wetlands. The project has also received Salmon Safe Certification through the Pacific Rivers Council, recognizing UW for its transformative land management practices, including pollution capture, storm water capture and cleansing, construction activity pollution reduction strategies, and maintaining a green infrastructure buffer. All these strategies focus on protecting the vital waterways that are used by fishes of the Northwest.

About USG Corporation: USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of innovative, high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, LLC and L&W Supply Corporation subsidiaries and its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Headquartered in Chicago, USG Worldwide operations serve the commercial, residential, and repair and remodel construction markets, enabling our customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play. USG wall, ceiling, exterior sheathing, flooring underlayment and roofing systems provide leading-edge building solutions, while L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials throughout the United States. USG Boral Building Products is a leading plasterboard & ceilings joint venture across Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East. USG and its subsidiaries are proud sponsors of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams and the Canadian Olympic team. For additional information, visit www.usg.com.

About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 50th year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 11,000 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 4,000 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 15 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.