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Facilities Improvements

Nagel Sustainability Features

Nagel Hall has earned a LEED Gold Rating. The building has several features which save water, energy, and demonstrate our commitment to sustainability. Some of these features include the following:

Dual-Flush Water-Saving Toilets

Residents can flush up for “#1” and down for “#2” (approx. 1.6 or 1.1 gallons per flush).

Low-Flow Shower Heads

Our shower heads are designed to specifically measure and account for the water pressure on each floor in order to minimize our water use (only 1.25-1.4 gallons per minute!) while maintaining a good water pressure.

Shower Room and Bike Storage

Nagel has a shower room for DU faculty and staff to use when they bike or walk to work. We also have an indoor bike storage room down the hall from the shower room and numerous bike racks outside the building. Click here for our shower room guidelines for use.



The hallway lights in the building can be turned off with one central switch in order to save electricity overnight and when no one is occupying the building.

Copper Roof

The copper roof is low-maintenance and expected to last up to 10 times as long as a “typical” roof. In addition, it is made from at least 95% recycled copper.

Load Bearing Masonry Walls

These walls are 53% more efficient in resisting Denver’s quickly-changing weather and temperature changes, thereby reducing the number of peak load days in the building’s heating and cooling systems.


The exposed brick walls inside the building reduces significantly the amount of walls that need to be repainted over the years. The brick for the building was locally sourced and thereby reduced the energy and carbon impact of delivering the materials to DU.


Lower-water-use plants have been selected for the landscaping surrounding the building.

Regional Water Quality/Water Detention Feature

An intermittent “lake” on the northwest side of the building.