U New Mexico Receives First LEED Gold Certification

University of New Mexico's Castetter Hall South Addition Phase I has received LEED Gold certification. The $4.3 million Castetter Hall adds 15,867-square-feet of space, research laboratories, and a greenhouse for the school’s biology department. The building is expected to consume 31.5 percent less energy overall than traditional buildings on campus and features low-flow laboratory fume hoods that automatically cut back the amount of exhaust air during inactive times and locally-sourced materials with recycled content wherever possible. In addition, UNM sorted and recycled waste during construction.

Champlain College Structure Renovation Earns LEED Gold

Champlain College's (VT) Aiken Hall has received LEED Gold certification. Features that contributed to the award include energy efficient lighting, heating, and elevator installation; improved building envelope through insulation upgrades; salvaged hard-wood floors and re-use of many original building materials; and slat roof shingles and the selection of other regional building materials. Aiken was built in 1885 and renovated in 2008. The structure contains faculty offices, meeting rooms, and special event facilities.

Denison U Opens Green Arts Building

Denison University has opened the Bryant Arts Center, a $14 million reconstruction of a 105-year-old building. The 45,000-square-foot building, which was designed to meet LEED Silver standards, is home to the department of art - both studio art and art history - and has studios for ceramics, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and digital media. There are also gallery spaces, electronic classrooms, outdoor performance areas and studio space for seniors and professors. Green features include recycled denim insulation, an HVAC system that is 21 percent more efficient than the standard, a CFC-free cooling system, occupancy sensors, and high-efficiency lighting. Green cleaning methods will be used in the newly-renovated structure.

LaGrange College Library Receives LEED Silver

The new Frank and Laura Lewis Library at LaGrange College (GA) has been awarded LEED Silver certification. The new 45,000-square-foot facility features recycled and energy-efficient construction materials, dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals, designated parking spaces for carpool and fuel-efficient vehicles, and natural daylighting. In addition, during site demolition last fall, asphalt and concrete were hauled away for grinding and recycling, and workers minimized daily construction waste by using separate containers to process recyclables like wood, cardboard, plastic, and scrap metal.

Los Angeles Pierce College Opens Green Building

Los Angeles Pierce College (CA) has opened its new Student Services Building, a 48,296-square-foot, three-story green building. The structure features locally made and recycled materials, an abundance of natural light, high quality insulation, and energy efficient lighting. The College is seeking LEED Silver certification for the new structure.

San Diego CCD Opens Green Skills Center

The San Diego Community College District has celebrated the grand opening of its new Skills Center, a 67,010-square-foot addition to the Education Cultural Complex, serving as the Campus of Excellence for Career and Technical Education. The new Skills Center consists of three single”story buildings and three covered repair areas which include new repair bays, drive”in spray paint booths, shops, labs, classrooms, demonstration theatres, and other learning spaces. The facility, which is registered for LEED Silver certification, features a 66.6 kW photovoltaic panel array, an orientation that was designed to maximize both daylight and views to the outside, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, and a sustainable education program that allows the building itself to be used as a teaching tool on the benefits of sustainable design.

Stony Brook U Southampton Library Receives LEED Gold

Stony Brook University Southampton’s (NY) library has been awarded LEED Gold. The 30,000-square-foot building features furniture that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and Greenguard, skylights to maximize natural lighting, and storm water collection for non-potable use. The building will also use renewable energy to meet 35 percent of its electrical needs.

Texas A&M U Opens Green Science Building

Texas A&M University has opened the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB). The $100 million, 220,000-square-foot structure contains 30 lab facilities, a 285-seat auditorium, offices, and two atriums. THE ILSB was designed and constructed to qualify for LEED Silver certification and features outside shading to aid in reducing heat transfer into the colonnades and the building itself; windows embedded with the dot pattern to help reduce the amount of heat that enters the facility, a rain garden, and 30,000-gallon cistern to collect rainwater.

Wake Technical CC Northern Campus Cuts Ribbon on Green Building

Wake Technical Community College (NC) has opened a new green building on its Northern Campus. The building will house classrooms, labs, and a coffee shop for students, faculty, and staff. The College has registered Building D for LEED certification and hopes to obtain a Silver rating. Green features include daylight harvesting, water conservation technology, and efficient heating and cooling systems.

Arizona State U Opens Barrett Campus Featuring a Sustainable Dorm

Arizona State University has opened The Barrett campus, a seven-building, nine-acre complex that features classrooms, faculty offices, a fitness center, a computer lounge, a dining hall, and housing, that includes the Sustainability House. The Sustainability House provides living space for 200 students that all desire to live more sustainably. The building features low-consumption plumbing features, enhanced energy monitoring, recycled gray water, a green roof, and an organic garden.

Mesa College Opens Green Educational Facility

San Diego Mesa College (CA) has formally opened its newest teaching and learning facility, the Mesa College Allied Health Education and Training Facility. The $28.9 million, 50,000-square-foot structure, which is registered for LEED Gold certification, features natural lighting, high performance glass that allows sunlight to filter into the building and reduces the amount of UV light and solar heat entering building, an energy-efficient design, and renewable energy sources.

Ringling College Opens Two Green Buildings

Ringling College of Art and Design (FL) has opened two LEED registered buildings on campus. North Hall, a 75,000-square-foot residence hall, and the Academic Center, an 82,000-square-foot academics building, have utilized green design and technology to be more sustainable. Green features include solar panels on the roofs, white reflective roofs, zero-VOC paints, and a low-impact construction that sent less than 50 percent of debris to the landfill.

U Kentucky Receives $7 M for Green Wildcat Coal Lodge

The University of Kentucky has received a $7 million donation to construct a new residence hall on campus that will seek LEED certification. The University expects the structure, which will be named 'Wildcat Coal Lodge,' to feature natural daylighting and use recycled materials.

U Miami Facility Awarded LEED Gold Certification

The University of Miami (FL) Fieldhouse has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The UM Fieldhouse features high reflectance roofing materials and pavers; high efficiency plumbing fixtures with hand sensors to reduce water use; moisture sensors to reduce potable water use for irrigation; the use of recycled, refurbished, salvaged, and reused materials; and lighting systems that are occupancy motion controlled.

Smith College Dedicates Green Engineering and Sciences Center

Smith College (MA) has dedicated Ford Hall, a facility for engineering and molecular sciences. The $73 million, 140,000-square-foot structure includes LED lighting fixtures and computer monitored sensors for light, air, and moisture control; passive energy options such as maximum daylight exposure through optimum window and glass placement, heat recovery, and innovative insulation and construction materials; and the use of recycled and recyclable materials whenever possible for laboratory instruction and interior enhancement in the building.

Southern Illinois U, Edwardsville Opens Green Student Center

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville has opened a new green building. The Student Success Center features a 24-hour study lounge, computer lab, and coffee bar. Its green features include select walls made of sunflower seeds or recycled milk jugs, a green roof, and energy saving devices. The structure was paid for through a student fee enacted by students.

St. John’s U Opens New Green Academic Center

St. John’s University (NY) has opened the D’Angelo Center, a five-story 127,000-square-foot building that will serve a variety of needs. The structure, which has been constructed in accordance with LEED certification, houses 14 classrooms, six seminar rooms, a full cafeteria, banquet space, and student recreation and entertainment space among other amenities. This new center features energy-saving mechanical/electrical systems.

U California, Irvine Rec Center Expansion Receives LEED-NC Gold

The University of California, Irvine's Anteater Recreation Center expansion has earned LEED-NC Gold certification. Expansion of the sports and fitness complex was completed in September 2008, increasing the facility’s size from 89,000 square-feet to 115,000 square-feet. More than 70 percent of the Center's electricity is obtained from renewable sources, the structure uses 43 percent less water than a conventional facility, and 75 percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills.

Western Ontario U Opens New Green Building

The University of Western Ontario has opened its Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion, the University's first green building on campus. The 45,000-square-foot structure, which is registered for LEED certification, will house research on green technologies, processes, and materials. The building’s green roof has seven species of drought-resistant sedum; solar panels and a wind turbine are located on the roof to generate electricity; and rainwater will be collected in a 10,000-litre cistern to be used for toilets and a 150-gallon fish tank.

EPA Awards Green Building Challenge Winners

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named the winners of its Lifecycle Building Challenge, a competition that honors innovative green building design ideas that reduce environmental and energy impacts of buildings. The awards recognize student and professional designs for buildings and building projects that support cost-effective disassembly and anticipate future use of building materials, as well as special categories, including the creation of green jobs. This year, the competition was extended to include international participants who hailed from Singapore, Taiwan, Argentina, Columbia, France, Egypt, and the United Kingdom. Haley Stewart from California State University, Pomona received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Green Job Creation and Jason Griffiths from Arizona State University was awarded the Student Building Honorable Mention.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Builds Green Sports Complex

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has built a new, green athletic facility with a multipurpose lighted stadium, a basketball arena, a strength and conditioning center, and athletic offices. The building is registered for LEED Silver certification. Green components include natural light, a solar shading screen to control glare and heat from the western sun exposure inspired by a DNA genetic bar code, and landscaping that will reduce water consumption by 50 percent. The arena roof is also suited to have solar panels installed in the future and the stadium is equipped with the ability to host 20 micro wind turbines.

UC Santa Barbara Opens New Academic Building Complex

The University of California, Santa Barbara has completed a new 209,750-square-foot complex of three buildings for its Education, Social Sciences, and Media Studies departments. The buildings incorporate many environmentally friendly designs including special vertical shutters designed to work in tandem with ceiling fans to reduce the need for air conditioning. The building is registered for LEED certification and hopes to be awarded a Silver rating.

U San Diego Opens Green Student Center

The University of San Diego (CA) has completed a 55,000-square-foot green Student Center. The Spanish Mediterranean themed building is seeking LEED Gold certification and features a roof top garden where vegetables and herbs will be grown, a BioHitech system that breaks down excess food scraps into water, and natural ventilation with windows that open and an inner courtyard to promote air flow. The facility will also offer more sustainable dining options and the outside pavilion will host a weekly farmers' market.

Clemson U Buildings Receive LEED-NC Gold, Silver

Clemson University (SC) has received two LEED certifications for two buildings on the campus of its Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Innovation Place, which houses the CU-ICAR partnership offices, and its adjacent AutoPark, with parking for 1,200 vehicles, received LEED-NC Gold certification. The Innovation Place project also has been recognized by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with a 2009 Special Citation for Design Excellence. The Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center received LEED-NC Silver certification. The 90,000-square-foot facility houses Clemson’s graduate program in automotive engineering.

Colorado College Arts Center Receives LEED Gold

Colorado College’s Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The 72,419-square-foot arts teaching and performance building opened in fall 2008 and earned LEED points in the categories of sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.

George Washington U Opens New Dorm

George Washington University (DC) has opened South Hall, a new 474-bed dormitory that has registered for LEED certification. The dorm features bamboo paneling, low-flow plumbing, and Energy Star appliances. In addition, the University received a grant from Brita, a water filtration company, to provide reusable water bottles and dispensers in each suite.

Lawrence Technological U Student Center Receives Green Award

The Lawrence Technological University (MI) A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center has received a Green Good Design Award from the Harley Ellis Devereaux national planning, architecture, and engineering firm. The Green Good Design awards program focuses on new international products and buildings, as well as construction and planning projects that are leading the global way to design structures that are fully sustainable and compatible with the highest green standards.

Mesa CC Physical Science Building Receives LEED Gold

The Mesa Community College (AZ) Physical Science Building has received LEED-NC v2.2 Gold certification. The 62,000-square-foot science facility includes a 53-seat planetarium that is, in part, powered by rooftop photovoltaic panels donated by a local utility company as well as an interactive graphic display kiosk where students can track the solar energy harvested by the panels and see the inner-workings of a building’s engineering systems to learn about its sustainable features. In addition, over 77 percent of the construction waste was diverted from conventional landfills and 30 percent of materials manufactured utilize recycled content.

Mount Union College Dedicates Green Welcome Center

Mount Union College (OH) has dedicated its Gartner Welcome Center. The 10,190-square-foot structure, which will house Mount Union College’s divisions of enrollment services and student financial services, features a geothermal pump system and is registered for LEED certification.

Nova Scotia CC Receives Grant for Green Building

Nova Scotia Community College has received a $1.4 million grant from the province to include renewable energy technology in its new Centre for the Built Environment. The new building will feature solar panels, a solar hot water system, wind turbines, a geothermal heating and cooling system, a green roof to reduce heating and cooling demands and increase water absorption, and system monitors and controls. The building is set to be open in 2010.

U La Verne Builds New Student Center

The University of La Verne (CA) has finished its new 40,000-square-foot Campus Center. The building has registered for LEED Silver certification and features a rooftop garden, large windows to allow more natural light, and an open-air veranda.

U North Carolina Chapel Hill Builds Green Ed Ctr at Botanical Garden

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill has completed its new Education Center for the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The 29,656-square-foot building is built to LEED Platinum standards and features photovoltaic panels, above- and below-ground rainwater cisterns, storm water retention ponds, geothermal heating and air-conditioning, natural day-lighting and low-flow plumbing. Construction materials were obtained from within a 500-mile radius, including lumber milled from the site. There are also many recycled components, such as steel beams made out of scrap metal from automobiles. The building hosts many educational events and promotes native plant species.

U of Iowa Builds Green Boathouse

The University of Iowa has opened its new, LEED-registered boathouse. The 20,000-square-foot Beckwith Boathouse is expected to be the first new green building on Iowa’s campus and features a geothermal heating and cooling system, daylight harvesting, and the use of local and recycled building materials. In addition, the facility's orientation takes advantage of the sun for heating and cooling.

Western New England College Opens Green Dormitory

Western New England College (MA) has completed Southwood Hall, a new residence hall that features geothermal heating and cooling, a solar hot water system, and a storm water recovery system to save rainwater for irrigation. The $11.5 million, 148-bed structure also contains Energy Star-rated appliances, low-flow toilets, and bamboo cabinets.

Emory U Veterinary Medicine Building Receives LEED Gold

The Clinical Veterinary Medicine Administration Research Building (CVMAR) at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center Field Station at Emory University (GA) has received LEED Gold certification. The 18,000-square-foot facility has achieved a 56 percent water use reduction, 23 percent energy cost savings, and 98.6 percent construction waste diversion. In addition, the structure was built with 27.9 percent recycled content and 50 percent regional materials.

SUNY Geneseo Re-Opens Green Science Hall

The State University of New York at Geneseo has re-opened Greene Hall, a 51,000-square-foot science facility. The renovation includes a new, more efficient air handling system; a constant air volume control that allows the Hall to reduce air qualities significantly when areas are vacant; and an energy measurement system.

Virginia Commonwealth U Building Wins Green Award

The Walter L. Rice Education Building at the Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Center has been named the region’s Overall Project of the Year and Green Project of the Year in the Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine’s Best of 2009 awards program. The LEED Platinum certified building was noted for the sustainable aspects of the structure and serves as an education tool for students.

Butte College Builds New Energy Efficient Arts Center

Butte College (CA) has completed its new 77,000-square-foot Arts Center. The facility's energy use is 35 percent above the California Energy Code requirements and its water consumption is 48.5 percent less than traditional buildings of the same type. Green features include low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, a solar array, and an electric vehicle refueling station.

Concordia U Builds New Green Business Building

Concordia University (QC) has opened a new building that houses its John Molson School of Business. Green features include low-flow plumbing, use of grey water, and a roof top garden. The facility also contains a solar wall that can generate up to 25 kW of electricity and 75 kilowatts of heat. The school is registered for LEED Silver certification.

Macalester College Building Receives LEED Platinum Certification

Macalester College (MN) has received LEED Platinum certification for Markim Hall. The $7.5 million, 17,000-square-foot facility houses the Institute for Global Citizenship, civic engagement, study abroad and international programs, faculty and staff offices, meeting rooms, and an open atrium for campus events. Green features include native landscaping, storm water management, and triple-glazed and low-e glass in windows which have been treated to prevent transmission of heat. Energy simulation models predict that Markim Hall will use about 80 percent less energy than a standard building in Macalester’s climate. The Platinum level certification is the first LEED certification received by the College.

U Minnesota Football Stadium Receives LEED Silver

The University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium has been awarded LEED Silver certification. Green design features of the 50,805-seat football facility include a storm water management system that allows rain water to be captured into an underground filtering system outside the stadium where it is harvested, filtered, and drained into the Mississippi River; 90 percent recycled steel; a reflective roof to reduce heat island effect; and low VOC paint, carpet, sealants, and adhesives. Construction of the stadium began in July 2007 and was completed July 2009.

West Virginia U Receives LEED Certification for Renovation

West Virginia University’s Oglebay Hall has received LEED certification. The building, which was built in 1917, underwent a five-year renovation that included the installation of water-saving fixtures, a synthetic slate roof made of recycled rubber, and a more sustainable heating and cooling units. The structure, which now incorporates greater use of natural daylighting, reopened in 2007.

Harvard U Receives 20th LEED Certification

Harvard University (MA) has received LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Gold certification for Zhuang Lab, making it the 20th building on campus to receive a LEED rating. Green features of the Lab include daylight sensors and occupancy sensors; construction materials with re-used and locally manufactured content; and low VOC-emitting materials. In addition, fume hood face velocities are set at low but safe levels to conserve energy; hood exhaust rates are displayed in real time, reminding occupants to keep hoods closed when not in use; and temperatures in offices are set back and lights are turned off whenever they are unoccupied.

Michigan State U Opens Green Dairy Facility

Michigan State University has opened a green dairy facility at its Biological Station. The structure, which is registered for LEED certification, uses an automatic sidewall curtain system that raises or lowers to regulate temperature, and the design maximizes sunlight to reduce the need for electric lighting. The dairy also plans to develop programs that show how ecological, social, and economic principles can be evaluated on a smaller scale than those associated with larger, more conventional dairy farms.

Montserrat College of Art Builds New Green Building

Montserrat College of Art (MA) has opened its new dormitory, the Helena J. Sturnick Village, which will house 86 students and utilizes bricks from a previous structure on the site for landscaping. Other green features include a section of roof that will be planted as a garden and motion activated lights.

North Central College Opens Green Res/Rec Building

North Central College (IL) has opened a combined dormitory and recreation center that is registered for LEED Silver certification. The 201,439-square-foot, 265-bed Res/Rec Center, which contains a 200-meter indoor track, features a covered bike storage unit, a white reflective roof, recycled building materials, and a geothermal system that eliminates the need for natural gas service and will reduce the building’s energy consumption by nearly 20 percent.

Two Williams College Academic Buildings Receive LEED Gold

Two academic buildings at Williams College (MA) have received LEED Gold certification. Schapiro Hall and the North Academic Building, both of which opened last year, feature green roofs, water-efficient landscaping, native plants, low-flow plumbing fixtures, waterless urinals, and low VOC materials. In addition, more than 90 percent of the structure has access to outdoor views and daylighting and 23 percent of building materials were obtained locally.

Carleton College Opens Two Eco-Friendly Residence Halls

Carleton College (MN) has opened Cassat Hall and Memorial Hall, two new dormitories on campus. The two buildings will house a total of 230 students and are registered for LEED Gold certification. The structures feature landscape designed with native vegetation, parking lots with porous paving, storage room with space for securing bicycles, high efficiency lighting, a solar thermal hot water system, and a radiant in-floor heating system. In addition, the main lounges have floors made from salvaged wood and 20 percent of building materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the construction site.

Kennesaw State U Opens Green Dining Hall

Kennesaw State University (GA) has opened The Commons — Student Culinary Center, a new dining hall on campus. The two-story, 53,466-square-foot facility features student-designed artwork, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an on-site herb and vegetable garden filled with fresh basil, rosemary, and bell peppers. The Commons features the use of LED lighting, composting of food waste, use of “trayless” service to reduce water usage and food waste, use of compostable paper goods and the elimination of all Styrofoam products. In addition, the dining hall’s kitchen is equipped with Energy Star appliances and each food venue is independent of one another and can be turned off to reduce energy consumption. The University is seeking LEED certification for the structure.

Michigan State U Opens Recycling Center

Michigan State University has opened its new Surplus Store and Recycling Center. The $13 million facility will accommodate three times the amount of materials as the former MSU recycling facility. A comprehensive recycling program, coupled with the facility, will allow the University to expand recycling collection in 553 buildings on campus. The five target materials are white paper, mixed office paper, newspaper, cardboard, and plastics. The 74,000-square-foot Center, which is registered for LEED Silver certification, features rainwater collection tanks, rooftop solar array panels that produce 10 percent of the electricity for the building, broad use of daylighting, and low-flow fixtures in restrooms.