Queens University of Charlotte has begun construction of the $18m Rogers Science and Health Building on its campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, US.
The 5,250m² building will accommodate the university's biology, chemistry, mathematics and environmental science programmes, as well as the administrative offices of Blair College of Health.
The facility is being built using sustainable construction methods and is expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.
The green features incorporated in the building include a rooftop greenhouse and herbarium, a wall of plants native to North Carolina, an underground cistern to capture rainwater runoff and a parking lot canopy covered with photovoltaic panels.
Around 50% of all building materials will come from within 500 miles of the campus and at least 75% of the construction and demolition waste will be recycled.
Construction is expected to reach completion in late 2012.