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Bagley Outdoor Classroom

Bagley Outdoor Classroom

The Bagley Outdoor Classroom, designed by Duluth architect David Salmela and contracted by UMD's own Facilities Management, opened in June 2010. The Bagley Outdoor Classroom was the first building in the University system to be certified by LEED at the platinum level.

Sign near BagC during construction

For years, students learning or conducting research in the Bagley Nature Area had no permanent structure to accommodate their needs. But opportunity was sought in a volleyball court that had fallen into disuse, and research in the Bagley Nature Area found a home (a feature of the Bagley Outdoor Classroom's sustainability, building on a previously developed site). The original plan called for a modest building, but it eventually evolved into the model of sustainable construction that it is today.

The Bagley Outdoor Classroom demonstrates leadership in energy efficiency, renewable energy, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, passive heating, natural ventilation, water efficiency, local and renewable materials, and a healthy indoor environment. The building will continue to serve as a learning tool and model of sustainable design and construction in Northern Minnesota.


Energy efficiency and conservation was an area of focus during design and construction of the Bagley Outdoor Classroom. The design is expected to reduce the energy needs of the building by 90% and was built to meet standards for Passivhaus certification:

Other Features

Bagley Outdoor Classroom patio

An outdoor patio was built to better immerse students in the Bagley experience. The pavers used for the patio were previously used outside of the Darland Administration Building.

Facilities Management provides firewood for the patio area. Please help to protect the Bagley Nature Area by burning the firewood provided; transporting firewood to the Bagley Nature Area can aid in the spread harmful invasive species.

Additional Resources

Other Buildings

LEED points for BagC

BagC during constructionConstruction waste from the Bagley Outdoor Classroom was minimized through re-use and recycling; 88% of the building's construction waste was diverted from landfills.

Recycling bins in BagC

Built in recycle bins ensure a dedicated space for proper waste disposal.

In February 2011, Facilities Management staff were recognized at UMD's Outstanding Service Award Ceremony for their work on a great building.

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