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.

Smith College Opens Green Engineering & Sciences Building

Smith College (MA) has opened Ford Hall, its new Engineering and Molecular Sciences Building on campus. The 140,000-square-foot structure features LED lighting, maximum daylight exposure, photovoltaic solar cells, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Leeds Metropolitan U Headingley Opens Green Dorm

Leeds Metropolitan University, Headingley (United Kingdom) has opened a new green dorm with 479 bedrooms. The building was designed to include solar thermal panels, recycled materials in construction, and harvested rainwater for use in the toilets.

Monroe CC Building Receives LEED Silver

Monroe Community College’s (NY) Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Center for Excellence in Nursing structure has received LEED Silver certification. The building includes low-flow plumbing, a highly reflective roof, and a building envelope that optimizes energy performance. The 22,000-square-foot facility also contains at least 20 percent overall recycled content that has been manufactured, harvested, and/or recovered within 500 miles of the College.

Renovated Hotel Opens for Student Housing in Michigan

Riverfront Residence Hall, a 340,000-square-foot structure that was formerly a hotel in Flint, MI, has opened to provide housing for students attending the University of Michigan, Flint; Mott Community College; and Baker College. The first phase of the $20 million renovation will provide housing for 250 students. The second phase, which is expected to be complete in 2010, will open space for 550 students on the top eight floors. The building originally opened in 1981 as the Hyatt Regency Hotel and was operating as the Riverfront Character Inn when it was bought by Uptown Reinvestment Corp.

Saint John's U to Open Green Building

Saint John's University (MN) has announced plans to open the McKeown Center, the community center for the lower campus of SJU. Designed to meet LEED Silver standards, the McKeown Center features a rain garden; pervious sidewalk pavers; local materials; energy efficient lighting, heating, and air conditioning systems; and plumbing fixtures that will help reduce water consumption.

Syracuse U Opens Green Residence Hall

Syracuse University (NY) has opened Ernie Davis Hall, a residential and dining facility that is registered for LEED Silver certification. The structure includes low-flow faucets and showerheads, efficient lighting, and a stormwater management system.

U Evansville University Center Awarded LEED Certification

The University of Evansville's (IN) Ridgway University Center has received LEED certification. The 92,000-square-foot structure, which opened in November 2008, features a stormwater management system, lighting controls, and use of renewable resources such as bamboo and recycled rubber.

Washington U St. Louis Opens 2 Green Residence Halls

Washington University in St. Louis (MO) has opened South 40 House and Umrath House, two new residence halls that were designed to meet LEED Silver standards. All equipment in South 40 House dining facilities, including stoves, hoods, and refrigerators, has an Energy Star label, and food waste will be sent to a pulper, which is similar to a composter. Umrath Hall will house 99 first-year students and three resident advisors (Ras). Three Ras and 126 students will live in South 40 House.

Arizona State U Opens Green Honors College

Arizona State University has opened a seven-building honors college campus. The Barrett campus, which welcomed 1,700 students, features a dining hall that will offer organic foods; laundry facilities with Web-based monitoring to let students know when their washer or dryer shuts off; and three floors for 250 students in a Sustainability House community, with low-consumption plumbing fixtures, energy monitoring for individual rooms, recycled gray water, a green roof, and an organic garden.

Illinois Wesleyan U Welcome Center Earns LEED Silver

Illinois Wesleyan University's Minor Myers, Jr. Welcome Center, which houses the Admissions Office and the Career Center, has received LEED Silver certification. Green features include geothermal heating and cooling units, insulated glass windows that reflect heat, and a traction elevator.

Madonna U Opens Green Science and Media Building

Madonna University (MI) has opened its Franciscan Center for Science and Media. The 60,000-square-foot structure is registered for LEED certification.

Michigan State U Chemistry Building Addition Receives LEED Silver

An addition to Michigan State University's Chemistry Building has received LEED Silver certification. The addition was part of an $18 million project that also included laboratory renovations. Environmentally friendly features of the new structure include recycled green glass in the flooring, low flow fixtures in restrooms, demand ventilation, drip irrigation, recycling stations in the hall, and motion sensors for classroom lights.

Montserrat College, Mesa State College Open Green Res Halls

Montserrat College of Art (MA) and Mesa State College (CO) have each opened an environmentally-friendly residence complex. Montserrat opened the Helena J. Sturnick Village, a quad of four residence halls. The $7 million complex, which is registered for LEED certification, contains energy-efficient light bulbs, light sensors, heating and cooling sensors, extra insulation, and a green roof. Mesa State opened the North Avenue Student Housing complex, a $21.3 million structure that consists of three connected buildings and contains 304 beds. The 93,524 square-foot complex, which was designed to meet LEED Silver standards, contains a ground source heat exchange system, solar panels, high performance windows and insulation, and lighting controls.

Rice U Opens 2 Green Dormitories

Rice University (TX) has opened McMurtry College and Duncan College, two green residence halls on campus. The 125,700-square-foot dormitories, with 324 beds each, feature smart air conditioning systems that learn the students' comfort level, open-window and infrared sensors that put the air conditioning unit in setback mode, and green roofs. Duncan College is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification, and McMurtry College is expected to receive LEED Silver.

U Akron Wayne College Opens Green Mixed-Use Building

The University of Akron Wayne College (OH) has opened its Student Life Building, a renovated campus structure that houses classrooms, offices, conference rooms, computer labs, and testing centers. The facility features daylighting, motion activated lights, and glass that clouds over when rooms are unoccupied.

U South Carolina Opens Green Residence Hall

The University of South Carolina has opened a new, $47.6 million environmentally-friendly dormitory. The 537-bed facility, which is expected to receive LEED Gold certification, contains construction materials that were purchased from within a 500-mile radius. The 191,000-square-foot residence hall is expected to use 38 percent less water and 30 percent less energy than similarly sized structures. In addition, wood construction scraps were converted into mulch and approximately 85 percent of the demolition materials were recycled.

James Madison U Opens Green Dining Hall

James Madison University (VA) has opened its new 700-seat East Campus Dining Hall. Green features of the new structure include its location close to bus stops and bike racks, a white membrane that covers 97 percent of the roof and reflects sunlight, water-efficient plumbing, daylighting, and the use of recycled and regionally manufactured building materials. The Dining Hall is registered for LEED certification.

Rice U Children's Campus Receives LEED Silver

Rice University's (TX) Children's Campus, the institution's early learning facility for children of Rice faculty, staff, and students, has received LEED Silver certification. The 9,750-square-foot building includes light sensors, programmable thermostats, a self-monitoring mechanical system, double-paned windows, dual-flush toilets, and faucet aerators. In addition, more than 90 percent of occupied spaces in the building have access to natural daylight and views to the outdoors.

Texas Christian U Renovation Receives LEED Gold

Texas Christian University's renovation of Sherley Hall has received LEED Gold certification. The 76,403-square-foot structure, which features 162 double-occupancy sleeping rooms, is the first building on campus to achieve LEED certification. The renovation reduced energy consumption from interior lighting by 41 percent, from exterior lighting by 53 percent, and from cooling by an estimated 40 percent. Water usage decreased by 37 percent.

Walsh College Receives Green Building of America Award

Walsh College's (MI) Jeffery W. Barry Center has received a Green Building of America Award. The Center will be featured in the Real Estate & Construction Review-Midwest Green Success Stories special edition. The 37,000-square-foot Barry Center incorporates recycled and eco-friendly materials and captures and recycles rain water.

Swarthmore College Receives Green Building Award

The design for the Wister Education Center and Greenhouse for the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College (PA) has been selected as a Green Building of America award-winning project. The Wister center was selected from more than 2,500 nominated projects and will be spotlighted in a special Real Estate & Construction Review-Northeast Green Success Stories edition in 2010. The 5,200-square-foot building with a $3.8 million budget is under construction and is expected to be finished in late September.

U California Santa Barbara Building Receives LEED 'Double Platinum'

The University of California, Santa Barbara's Bren Hall, which houses the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, has become the nation's first building to earn two LEED Platinum certifications. The structure has received LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings – Operations and Maintenance. Bren Hall received LEED Platinum for New Construction in 2002. Certification for existing buildings (LEED EB) is based on operations and maintenance, occupant health, and financial return of the initial investment in sustainability technology and strategies, so it serves to test the commitment to sustainable operation demonstrated by a building's occupants. New construction (LEED NC) certification includes credits for many elements that are part of erecting a new building, such as location, materials used, and management of construction-related waste, as well as credits for resource efficiency and operational elements.