Excerpt: The following is from the March 9, 2006, edition of The Dallas Morning News.

Robert Miller:

SMU to get green donation

The J. Lindsay Embrey Engineering Building under construction at Southern Methodist University has attracted an $850,000 conditional commitment from the Kresge Foundation of Troy, Mich.

A $600,000 segment of the pledge is a challenge grant that requires SMU to raise an additional $1.9 million by Jan. 1 to complete the $15.9 million Embrey Building.

Artist's rendering of the J. Lindsay Embrey Engineering Building. Visit the website.

The building is scheduled to open this fall.

The Embrey building will also get an unrestricted bonus grant of up to $250,000 if it receives Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The council has established national standards for designing and building energy-managed and environmentally sustainable buildings.

"The Kresge Foundation is one of the most respected foundations in the country, and its support is an affirmation of the importance of this project," said SMU president R. Gerald Turner.

The grant "will enable us to complete funding for a greatly needed new building and, at the same time, broaden the base of future support for the SMU School of Engineering."

The Embrey Engineering Building will house the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering.

It will be part of SMU's East Quadrangle, a new entrance to the campus from North Central Expressway. The building is named in honor of the late Lindsay Embrey and his wife, Bobbie, who provided the lead gift for the building.

As a "green" building, it will maximize energy efficiency, water savings and indoor environmental quality.

"While LEED-certified buildings are a fast-growing national trend, they are new to North Texas," said Geoffrey Orsak, dean of the School of Engineering. "Therefore, constructing the Embrey Building to LEED guidelines will raise awareness of environmental issues for other construction in the area."

The Kresge Foundation, an independent, private foundation established in 1924, provides grants to institutions in the fields of higher education, health and long-term care, arts and humanities, human services, science and the environment, and public affairs.

Grants are made on a challenge basis, requiring the recipients to raise the remaining funds needed to complete projects. In 2005, the Kresge Foundation awarded more than 200 grants for a total of $131.8 million to recipients in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Mexico.

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