Stetson Using Environmentally Friendly Construction Materials, Methods

Drainage system
Drainage system
These orange tubes are part of an underground drainage system that will direct water back into the aquifer.

The good news is: The Visitor Parking area north of DeLand Hall, and the pathways and landscaping west of the Carlton Union Building will be available for use by the end of the day today. The even better news is: These projects support Stetson University’s initiative to be good stewards of our environment.

  • The Visitor Parking surface is concrete, which is a cooler surface than asphalt and has a useful life three times that of asphalt. Concrete consists of sand, stone and cement while asphalt consists of petroleum byproduct making concrete a more environmentally friendly surface.
  • The lighting for the Visitor Parking area is provided by solar technology. The lights are LED and the power is generated by the solar arrays that are on the vertical poles. We are pleased to be able to use this solar technology, thereby reducing our consumption of electricity and our carbon footprint.
  • Under the walkways and grass in front of the Carlton Union Building are storm water chambers designed to retain the storm water from the parking area, the Welcome Center and the area west of the Carlton Union Building long enough to allow the water to percolate into the ground and eventually help replenish the Florida Aquifer.
  • In addition to helping replenish the Florida Aquifer, this system reduces the storm water that flows into the traditional storm water system that eventually flows into the lakes, springs and river. Reduced flow of storm water into the lakes, springs and river benefits the health of these natural resources.
  • The new construction in this area included the removal of the roadway formerly referred to as the “CUB Circle,” eliminating vehicular traffic in the very center of campus. This supports our Campus Plan to create a more pedestrian friendly campus experience. With the removal of this road the campus is safer, greener and cleaner.

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience during this phase of the Welcome Center project.

Be sure to keep up-to-date on Stetson’s Campus Construction Projects website.