In January, 2010, the university opened the doors to its first LEED Certified student housing facility. The facility was also the first campus building to achieve LEED Gold Certification. Building 7 of South Campus Commons is a 370 bed, apartment-style residential building that is home to upper-division, undergraduate students. It was constructed through a Public-Private Partnership between the University and Capstone Development Corp. The development team, comprised of Capstone Development Corp., Design Collective Inc., A. Morton Thomas, and the Whiting Turner Contracting Company, collaborated closely with the University to design and construct Building 7 with the following LEED goals in mind:
Building 7 differs from a conventional residence hall in many ways, but one of the most profound is in the area of energy consumption. High-efficiency heat pumps and Energy Star appliances in each residential unit (washers/dryers, ovens/stove tops, and dishwashers) optimize energy performance. The building also includes energy efficient windows and a white roof to reduce heat gain in the summer.
Green features of this building include:
- Energy savings
- Water conservation
- CO2 emissions reduction
- Improved indoor environmental quality
- Stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts