TU announces LEED certification goals for new campus buildings
TOWSON, Md. (April 10, 2008)—Towson University will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for future campus construction projects with the goal of achieving LEED silver certification for two non-residential campus buildings.
Demonstrating its commitment to environmental stewardship, the university announced its pursuit of LEED silver certification for the West Village Commons building and phase one of the College of Liberal Arts building. Both multimillion-dollar projects are part of the university’s Campus Master Plan.
Slated to open in fall 2009, phase one of the College of Liberal Arts building comprises the first 100,000 square feet of a 253,000 square foot academic building that will house the university’s College of Liberal Arts. Building construction began in February 2007 and is slated to cost approximately $51 million.
Construction on the 85,000 square foot West Village Commons building will begin in summer 2009, with a scheduled completion date of August 2011. As a support facility for residents in the West Village area of campus, the Commons building will contain dining, retail, meeting, office and other student service spaces that will serve as a central gathering space for students, faculty and staff alike.
Both buildings contain environmentally-friendly design that maximizes open space, restores natural planted areas, creates water-efficient landscaping and promotes indoor air quality. The buildings will also feature environmentally-conscious elements such as low flush toilets, day lighting, high-performance HVAC systems and energy-efficient windows. The buildings will utilize local and recycled construction materials, and 50% of the projects’ construction waste will be recycled or reused.
Current campus buildings such as the Child Care Center and 7800 York Road contain similar environmentally-conscious elements, as indicated on the university’s Green Building Web site http://www.towson.edu/adminfinance/facilities/recycling/greeninit/greenbuilding/.
Awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED certification is a nationally recognized system for measuring a building’s environmental responsibility. Four levels of certification ranging from basic to platinum are awarded based on a series of criteria that assess the environmental impact of a building’s design, construction and operation. Buildings that receive certification reduce waste, conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enabling lower operating costs and a healthier work and living environment.
For more information on LEED certification, go to http://www.usgbc.org. For more information on campus construction, go to www.towson.edu/construction.