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LEED Gold Certification for Rockwell Hall-West

August 26, 2010

Rockwell Hall-West, a new College of Business academic building on Colorado State University's main campus, has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 54,000 square foot building consists of nine new classrooms, a financial data laboratory, student team rooms, program offices, conference rooms and student lounge spaces. The building is one of eight buildings on campus to obtain LEED Gold certification.

Reduced water use, energy consumption, and waste

By setting design and construction goals early in project planning, the team was able to achieve some truly impressive savings such as a 42 percent reduction in water use, a 29 percent reduction in energy consumption, and a diversion of more than 76 percent of construction waste from landfills.

Graduate students from the Institute for the Built Environment were directly involved in the LEED coordination and documentation process. Students from the Department of Construction Management and the interior design program gained real-world project experience by participating and guiding the LEED certification process. In addition, the building continues to teach every day because informative panels are hung on the walls are designed to educate staff, students, guests and visitors about the green design elements of the building.

Benchmark for green buildings

In 2006 the CSU student body passed an ASCSU referendum in that required all student-funded buildings on campus to achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification. This project is the first to fall under the new rule and the project team set a goal to go beyond this requirement gaining LEED-NC Gold Certification.

The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED consists of five main categories -- sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. Along with these five categories, projects are also eligible for innovation and design credits.

Funding for Rockwell Hall-West was provided by the Associated Students of Colorado State University and donations through the College of Business.

For more information about the Rockwell Hall-West Project at CSU, see the IBE website or the CSU facilities website.

The Rockwell Hall project team included the College of Business, CSU Facilities, Davis Partnership Architects, Martin/Martin, Inc., Shaffer Baucom, Architectural Energy Corporation, Dohn Construction and the Institute for the Built Environment.

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009