As part of BSU's commitment to the environment, all new campus buildings and renovations to existing buildings are designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification guidelines. LEED certification verifies that a building was designed and built using strategies that address such standards as sustainable site selection, energy and water efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
The David Letterman Communication and Media Building and Park Hall, both of which opened in fall 2007, were designed in accordance with the university’s commitment to LEED standards and have been certified at the Silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Built in part with recycled and regionally produced materials and featuring energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems, the buildings include light-filled atriums where students gather and healthy learning environments for the campus community. Kinghorn Hall and the renovated Student Recreation and Wellness Center, both of which opened in fall 2010, were also designed to meet LEED certification standards.
The completely-gutted Studebaker East building will also be submitted for LEED recognition when renovation is complete. The construction webcam can be viewed here.
Meeting LEED standards for new and existing campus construction are goals of the BSU strategic plan.
Goal 4, Objective E: All new construction will seek USGBC certification at the rating of LEED_NC Silver performance or better.
Goal 4, Objective E: All construction renovations will explore the possibility of USGBC certification at the rating of LEED_EB certified performance or better.
Read a feature Ball State Newscenter article about LEED certifications on new campus buildings.
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