George Mason U Hotel Earns LEED Gold
George Mason University's (VA) Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Nearly 90 percent of the on-site construction waste was diverted from landfills to recycling agencies, and more than 30 percent of the total building materials were manufactured using recycled materials. The center features high-efficiency glazing on windows and doors and water-source heat pumps, and has implemented green housekeeping initiatives including sustainable cleaning materials and a comprehensive recycling program.
American U Building Earns LEED Gold
American University’s (DC) School of International Service has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The building features numerous green components including an LED-lit parking garage, a solar air and water heating system, skylights to provide natural lighting, sunshades to prevent heat loss, and energy-efficient appliances.
Harvard U Law Building Awarded LEED Gold
Harvard University (MA) has earned its 44th LEED certification with the recent LEED Gold certification through LEED for Commercial Interiors of a Harvard Law School building. Sustainable features include lighting upgrades expected reduce electrical demand by 40 percent, a 95 percent construction waste recycling rate and the salvage of more than 11 tons of furnishings and electronics for future campus projects.
U California San Francisco Unveils 3 Green Laboratories
Featuring the integration of water-efficient devices and energy efficiency strategies, the University of California, San Francisco has recently opened three new green laboratories. The university received its first LEED Gold certification for a lab renovation with its School of Dentistry Mesenchymal and Craniofacial Research Laboratory, which involved renovating an entire floor of an existing high-rise research tower. The university will also seek LEED Gold certification for its Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building and Cardiovascular Research Building. More than 75 percent of the demolition materials were reused and diverted from the landfill in all three projects.
U Pennsylvania Music Building Receives LEED Gold
Along with its new green cafe, the University of Pennsylvania has earned LEED Gold for the renovation of its School of Arts and Sciences Music Building. Sustainable features include efficient lighting, controls and mechanical and plumbing systems, passive stormwater management techniques, reduced site water use with selection of drought resistant plant species and "smart" controls that adjust irrigation based on rainfall levels. The project also recycled or salvaged 95 percent of construction waste.
College of the Desert Training Academy Awarded LEED Silver
The Public Safety Academy at the College of the Desert (CA), which is used to train firefighters and police officers, has earned LEED Silver certification. Sustainable design features include the use of skylights for day lighting, PVC cool roofing to reduce a heat island effect and the use of recycled denim jeans as insulation.
Fort Lewis College Biology Wing Earns LEED Gold
Fort Lewis College (CO) has earned its second LEED Gold certification for the new biology wing of Berndt Hall. Environmentally friendly features of the building, which was designed to maximize open space, include water-efficient landscaping, renewable energy sources and regional and recycled building materials.
New U Texas Austin Student Center Seeks LEED Gold
The University of Texas at Austin has unveiled a new student center, designed to meet LEED Gold certification. Student input and design workshops informed the building design, which includes ample daylighting, an accessible rooftop courtyard with an adjacent green roof and a cistern that collects and recycles rainwater for landscape irrigation.
U New Mexico Debuts Green Science and Math Center
The University of New Mexico has formally opened the doors of its new Science and Mathematics Learning Center, which will seek LEED Gold certification. The 62,000-square-foot building houses classrooms and teaching laboratories.
U Texas Dallas Student Building Awarded LEED Platinum
The University of Texas at Dallas’ new Student Services Building has earned LEED Platinum certification. The four-story, 74,000-square-foot-building includes energy-efficient lighting, a solar hot water system, and was constructed using local building materials. The $27.5 million dollar project was financed in part by student fees collected from a $71 tuition increase.
2 Harvard U Buildings Awarded LEED Certification
Harvard University (MA) has earn a LEED EBOM (Existing Buildings Operations and Management) certification for its 1959 Class Memorial Chapel. Since 2008, the university has reduced the Chapel’s energy consumption by 49 percent through lighting updates, water conservation measures, heating and cooling monitors and water pipe insulation. The university has also received LEED Gold certification for its SEAS Computing and Information Technology Office. Renovations include new furnishings, lighting fixtures and windows, and more sustainable materials for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
Eastern Michigan U Completes First Phase of $90 Mil Renovation
Eastern Michigan University's Mark Jefferson Science Building has completed the first phase of a $90 million renovation. The campus is in pursuit of a LEED Silver certification with features such as metal sunshades, a green roof and a rain garden. The building also utilizes a Design of Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS) to help reduce its energy use. Phase two should be completed in 2012.
U California San Diego Sustainability Center Earns LEED Gold
The University of California, San Diego has earned its fifth LEED-certified building project with the recent LEED Gold certification of its new Sustainability Center. Many of the sustainable features are student ideas, including reclaimed wood, metal building materials and a recycled cardboard table that looks like a hardwood table. The building's ceiling lights are directly powered by solar panels. In related news, the university has unveiled new environmentally friendly campus apartments for transfer students starting in fall 2011. Aligned to capitalize on wind and solar rays, the building's plaster, paving, carpet and metal studs are made with recycled materials and the residents will bathe with solar-heated water.
Queen's U Belfast Library Earns Sustainability Award
The McClay Library at Queen's University Belfast (Ireland) has received the 2010 Sustainability Award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. The new library features sustainable strategies based on natural ventilation and low energy use including a thermal mass that acts as a heat sink, regulating the temperature profile of the internal environment by absorbing heat during the day and releasing it to the space at night. A rainwater harvesting system uses recycled rainwater for toilets and internal environmental conditions from lighting to temperature and fresh air levels are monitored.
Saint Paul U Dumaguete Implements 'Nature-Friendly' Technology
Saint Paul University of Dumaguete (Phillipines) has opened a "nature-friendly" campus facility for mushroom, fruit and vegetable drying. The facility includes a waterless toilet, recycled indigenous materials and the use of solar power and green roof technology.
San Diego Miramar College to Seek LEED Gold with 2 New Buildings
San Diego Miramar College (CA) has opened the doors of two new buildings that will seek LEED Gold certification. Funded as part of the San Diego Community College District’s $1.55 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program, its $34.4 million dual-classroom building project was the first to be fully integrated in Building Information Modeling (BIM), allowing for the creation of the building in digital space before building it in real space. Sustainable features include recycled materials, high-efficiency lighting and efficient thermal "massing," which delays the transfer of heat throughout the course of a day and minimizes the impact of a heating or cooling load on a building. The college also debuted the Compass Center, the new central gathering point on campus.
U California Berkeley Earns Fifth LEED Certification
With the recent LEED Silver certification of Durant Hall, the University of California, Berkeley received its fifth LEED building certification. Completed last summer, the renovation lets a high degree of daylighting into the work spaces and features new mechanical and electrical systems that exceed California's mandated energy efficiency standards by 17 percent. Eighty-eight percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills.
U California San Francisco Unveils Medical Center Green Roof
The University of California, San Francisco has opened the doors of its Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building, which features a terraced green roof. The $123 million building was paid for with grants and donations. The university has $12 million left to raise.
Obama Visits Pennsylvania State U Sustainability Scientist
President Barack Obama recently visited Pennsylvania State University for a firsthand look at a university researcher’s ideas on how to transform the building industry by making energy-efficient renovations more affordable. The U.S. Department of Energy has designated three Innovation Hubs to develop and advance scientific understanding of how to make more sustainable buildings. The university's professor Jim Freihaut leads the hub that focuses on technology that can reduce dependence on imported oil and curb greenhouse gas emissions.
U Louisville Earns Third LEED Gold Designation
The week before the University of Louisville (KY) received a STARS Silver rating, the university also received word that it had achieved its third LEED Gold certification for its Center for Predictive Medicine biosafety research lab. The $44 million, 50,000-square-foot center allows scientists from Kentucky and surrounding states to study diseases like the flu, glanders and the plague in a secure environment.
U Wisconsin Oshkosh to Seek LEED Gold with New Building
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s new Sage Hall is nearing completion and is on track for a LEED Gold designation. Some of the eco-friendly features include a green roof, stormwater purification, solar thermal for heating water and recycled materials used for construction. Natural sunlight will provide 90 percent of the interior lights.
Ithaca College Earns LEED Platinum for Administrative Building
Ithaca College (NY) has received LEED Platinum certification for its Peggy Ryan Williams Center, which houses the Office of the President and other senior administration. More than 50 percent of the building's energy comes from renewable sources, with a geothermal system to provide heating and cooling and natural convection ventilation that pre-cools the atrium at the start of each day by drawing in cooler night air and relieving it out a light monitor four stories above. Other sustainable features include nearly 6,500 square feet of vegetated roofing and a 12,000-gallon tank below the garden that collects rainwater from the roof, serving more than 85 percent of the building's yearly water needs.
Allegheny College Residence Hall Achieves LEED Gold
Allegheny College (PA) has received LEED Gold certification for its North Village II residence hall, which opened in fall 2010 and houses 230 students. Sustainable building strategies include Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, construction materials with high recycled content that were produced within 500 miles of the building site, open spaces with vegetation to reduce water run-off, an energy-efficient heating and cooling system fed by on-site geothermal wells and energy-saving motors in all mechanical equipment.
Columbia U Alumni Center Earns LEED Gold
Columbia University's (NY) McVickar Hall, home to the university's Alumni Center, has earned LEED Gold certification. Historically preserved, sustainable features of the 1908 building include a recycled heating system, water filtration system and lighting that automatically adjusts to natural light and uses occupancy sensors to maximize energy efficiency.
San Diego City College Career Technology Center Awarded LEED Gold
San Diego City College (CA) has received its first LEED Gold certification for its new Career Technology Center. Sustainable features of the $63.1 million center include water-efficient landscaping, plumbing fixtures that reduce potable water use by 55 percent, regionally sourced materials and the ability to filter 100 percent of collected stormwater. Sixty-five percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills.
U California Santa Barbara Marine Science Bldg Earns LEED Gold
The University of California, Santa Barbara's Marine Science Research Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features of the 60,542-square-foot building include an efficient lighting system and controls; an extensive metering system to track energy use and air quality; waterless urinals and low-flow sinks; the use of reclaimed water to irrigate its drought-tolerant landscape; passive ventilation in perimeter offices; and renewable materials in carpet, wood fixtures, and concrete.
Oregon State U Energy Center Earns LEED Platinum
Oregon State University's Energy Center has received Platinum LEED certification. Environmentally friendly features include natural interior lighting, water-efficient landscaping, the use of recycled building materials and a rainwater harvest system. Campus engineers expect the Energy Center to produce half of the university's annual electricity usage, saving $650,000 a year. Compared to the previous power facility, it is poised to reduce CO2 emissions by 38 percent. The center will also serve as a sustainable energy laboratory where students can track the building's performance.
6 Harvard U Buildings Awarded LEED Certification
Six Harvard University (MA) buildings have recently achieved LEED certification. The Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Biophysics Laboratory and East Wing Offices, Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Larsen Hall Upper Floor Classroom, and Harvard Medical School’s renovation of 641-643 Huntington Avenue have each received LEED Gold certification. The university earned LEED Silver certification for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' teaching labs and the renovation of the Graduate School of Education's Longfellow Basement. Common sustainable features include water-efficient fixtures, a reduction of overall energy consumption, passive solar design and the diversion of construction waste from landfills.
College of the Holy Cross Science Complex Earns LEED Gold
College of the Holy Cross’ (MA) new Integrated Science Complex has earned LEED Gold certification. Energy-efficient elements of the $64 million complex include an energy recovery wheel that captures and reuses heat and humidity from air, a high performance lighting system, a low-flow fume hood system and an active energy consumption display monitor.
George Washington U Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold
George Washington University's (DC) newest residence hall has earned LEED Gold certification. Housing 288 students, the design of West Hall incorporated sustainable features including low-flow plumbing fixtures, native and adaptive plants to eliminate the need for a permanent irrigation system, solar light tubes and energy-efficient appliances. The residence hall also provides covered bike storage for 15 percent of its residents.
Soka U of America to Seek LEED Certification with New Arts Center
Soka University of America (CA) has completed its new Performing Arts Center and Academic Building, designed to meet LEED Gold standards. Sustainable features of the $73 million project include a green roof, solar panels, displacement ventilation, automatic daylight lighting controls and a bioswale. Building materials were made from recycled and locally extracted, processed and manufactured content.
Syracuse U Dedicates Green Biomaterials Institute
Syracuse University (NY) has dedicated the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, an interdisciplinary research facility that will focus on research in biomaterials, smart medical devices and biological tissue-engineered constructs. Seventy-five percent of the demolition debris caused during renovations for the institute, which is housed on the third and fourth floors of Browne Hall, was recycled. Environmentally friendly features of the project include recycled scrap iron for steel framing, low-VOC adhesives and paints, passive solar design and light occupancy sensors.
U California Berkeley Earns LEED Gold for Laboratory Renovations
Renovations to the Morgan Hall Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley have received LEED Gold certification using the LEED Commercial Interiors standard for renovation projects. Former office and storage spaces were updated to create efficient and sustainable laboratories for the Department of Nutritional Science and Toxicology. The university used the renovations as an opportunity to involve students from a service learning class to prepare a video to educate the building occupants, campus community and public about the environmental aspects of Morgan Hall.
Florida State U Building Earns LEED Gold
Florida State University’s Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement has recently earned the university’s first LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include rainwater harvesting for irrigation, a shared courtyard and the relocation of a 50-year-old oak tree.
Michigan State U Surplus and Recycling Center Awarded LEED Gold
The Michigan State University Surplus Store and Recycling Center has earned LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include rooftop solar panels, urinals, power washers and rainwater collection that provides 60 percent of filtered gray water for toilets. The center also features recycled green glass mixed into the concrete around the building.
U Wisconsin Madison Dedicates Green Research Facility
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has dedicated its first green research facility, designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The 300,000-square-foot Wisconsin Institute for Discovery was built to use 50 percent less energy and water than a typical research lab building on campus. The $150 million construction cost was made possible through the support of the university, state government and private donors.
Penn State U Harrisburg Building Receives LEED Certification
Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg’s newest residence hall has received LEED certification. The 30,000-square-foot building opened in August and houses approximately 100 students. Sustainable features include energy-efficient lighting systems, recycled carpet with low VOC levels, low-flow plumbing fixtures and rain gardens. Local resources were also utilized during construction.
American Public U Dedicates Green Academic Center
American Public University System (WV) has dedicated its new energy-efficient academic center, designed to meet LEED Gold certification. Environmentally friendly features were employed during the construction and material selection of the 45,000-square-foot building to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The center will feature an extensive recycling program and two electric vehicles for local travel.
College of the Desert Nursing Complex Earns LEED Silver
College of the Desert's (CA) Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation Nursing Complex has earned LEED Silver certification. Sustainable design features include the use of solar tubes that provide lighting, PVC cool roofing and the use of recycled denim jeans as insulation. The complex was also designed to improve indoor air quality, thermal comfort and classroom day lighting.
Rice U Residence Building Earns LEED Gold
Rice University’s (TX) McMurtry College building has earned LEED Gold certification. The 324-bed residential hall was built as part of the university’s goal to expand its undergraduate population. Sustainable features include smart controls to regulate air-conditioning, motion detectors that turn off lights, passive solar design, thick exterior walls to provide high thermal mass, low flow plumbing and covered bike racks. The building was made possible by a multimillion dollar gift from university alumni.
Wake Forest U Golf Learning Center Receives LEED Gold
Wake Forest University’s (NC) Golf Learning Center has received LEED Gold certification. The building features innovative heat reflecting roofing tile, low VOC paints and adhesives and native landscaping. The golf center’s location also ensures pedestrian access and eliminates the need for an asphalt parking area.
Western Illinois U Multicultural Center Receives LEED Silver
The Multicultural Center at Western Illinois University's Macomb campus has received LEED Silver certification. Sustainable features of the 14,000-square-foot facility include a green roof, energy-efficient lighting and a geothermal heating and cooling system. A number of recycled materials were also used during construction. The university received a $100,000 grant from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to offset costs associated with pursuing LEED certification.
Trinity U Renovated Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold
Trinity University’s (TX) Miller Residence Hall has received LEED Gold certification. The 1953 building was renovated at a cost of $4.1 million as part of the university’s ongoing maintenance. Sustainable features include low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient lighting, increased building insulation and double-glazed windows.
U South Sewanee Building Receives LEED Silver
Sewanee - the University of the South’s (TN) Spencer Hall has received LEED Silver certification. Notable sustainable features of the 49,000-square-foot building include a chilled beam cooling system, low-flow fume hoods, passive solar design, native landscaping and a heat-exchange wheel for continual refreshment of indoor air with fresh outdoor air. The university also diverted 92 percent of on-site generated construction waste from the landfill.
Western Technical College Building Earns LEED Silver
Western Technical College’s (WI) Lunda Center has received LEED Silver certification. Sustainable features include rain gardens, native landscaping, tinted windows and energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems. Durable materials and products that are non-toxic, high in recycled content and easily recycled were used during construction.
Western Washington U Installs Green Roof
Western Washington University installed a green roof on its Miller Hall Student Collaboration Space. The roof consists of a mat system of sedum, a flowering plant that requires little maintenance. The roof will help lower campus heating and cooling costs, reduce stormwater runoff and provide protection resulting in a longer lifespan of the roof.
Wofford College Environmental Studies Center Earns LEED Platinum
Wofford College (SC) has received LEED Platinum certification and a preservation award from a local historical association for its restoration and renovation of the Goodall Environmental Studies Center. Recognized for its attention to historical detail, the project used local and recycled construction materials and 78 percent of the construction waste was recycled. The campus center also features rainwater harvesting for irrigation and a reflective “cool” roof.
Belmont U Debuts Green Building
Belmont University (TN) has dedicated a new environmentally friendly academic building. The 80,000-square-foot McWhorter Hall features a green roof and a water tank that captures excess ground and stormwater. The collected rainfall will be used to irrigate the campus.
U California Irvine Student Housing Earns LEED Gold
The University of California, Irvine has announced that its newest student housing project has earned LEED Gold certification. The $137 million project features two student residential communities totaling 1,760 beds and a seven-level parking garage. The building’s green features include specified cool roofs to lower heat island effects and recycled construction materials. Seventy-five percent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill.