a rendering of the new Talbot building

Biola’s latest campus building project is not only the most ambitious in its history; it’s also the greenest.

The planned “campus within a campus” for Talbot School of Theology — which consists of two new buildings and a major renovation of the existing Feinberg Hall — includes conservation efforts around just about every corner.

Among other features, the complex will feature rooftop gardens that cool the buildings and collect rainwater for irrigation. Photovoltaic panels on major stair towers will generate electricity. Specially designed windows will block heat from the sun while maximizing natural light.

The structures will be Biola’s first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings on campus, a designation that requires buildings to meet a strict set of criteria for environmentally sustainable construction. The University has decided to pursue LEED-certification for all future building projects.

“Biola recognizes the importance of being good stewards of God’s creation, not because it is politically correct, but because God calls us to that kind of management of his creation,” said Ken Bascom, Biola’s senior director of facilities planning and construction. “As a leader in the Christian community, Biola seeks to reinforce a growing trend among conservative Christians to recognize our obligation to care for creation in a responsible way.”

To learn more about the project and how you can contribute to its construction, visit talbot.edu.