Built Environment


As of 2013, all new construction on ISU's campus will be built to at least LEED Silver standards.

Federal Hall

The former Terre Haute Federal Building, constructed in 1933 and on the National Register of Historic Places, was renovated and opened as the Scott College of Business in the fall of 2012. At the corner of 7th and Cherry Streets, it serves as an entry point to campus from downtown Terre Haute. The building's renovation achieved a LEED Silver certification.

ISU Community Garden House

For several years, the residential block of land at the corner of 11th and Chestnut Streets was vacant, with homes left abandoned and in ill repair. ISU bought this block and razed the dilapidated buildings to create the ISU Community Garden in 2009. The house at 219 North 11th street was still structurally sound, so it was preserved and used for garden storage.  In 2012, the building was given to ICS for use as an office space. Renovations began, incorporating as many sustainability features as possible. These features include bamboo floors, recycled bathroom tiles, re-purposed furniture and bathroom fixtures,locally made cabinetry from locally harvested wood, reclaimed counter tops, and cabinet handles made from recycled glass. While the House does not have a LEED certification, all renovations were made according to LEED standards. You can learn more about the features of the House and where to find LEED-compliant building materials by reading our informational brochure.

Putting bamboo flooring in the Garden House:

During the summer of 2013, ISU students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers collaborated to build a 1700 square foot deck for use as an outdoor classroom.


Reeve Hall is the first new residential building ISU has added to its campus in more than 40 years. The building is designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification and, when complete, will include equipment for remote metering of the building’s energy consumption.

Normal Hall

Renovations to LEED standards are currently underway for Normal Hall, the oldest building on ISU’s campus.

Green Roof

If you’ve ever enjoyed lunch in Tirey Plaza behind Rankin Hall, you may not have realized that you were eating on a rooftop! The area covers ISU’s Office of Information Technology. This is a “green roof”. In green roofs, vegetation is planted over a waterproof membrane, providing away to absorb rainwater, insulate a building, create a habitat for wildlife, and combat urban heat island effect. This means that less rainwater flows into our sewers, creating combined sewage overflows (CSOs) and flushing septic waste into the streets. It also means that, instead of radiating large quantities of heat on hot days as typical building roofs do, its vegetated surface reduces the amount of heat radiated and contributes to a lower campus temperature on especially warm days.