University Hall certified as LEED Gold by the USGBC
We are pleased to announce that William Paterson University's University Hall has been certified as LEED® Gold. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
University Hall is the home for the departments of Nursing, Public Health and Communication Disorders. A combination of general academic classrooms, nursing simulation labs and academic offices are anchored by a café, generous unscheduled collaborative spaces and a three-story common social spine. These programmatic elements give the building a rich cross-section of users and spaces that result in an interactive social hub that is widely used by the University community throughout the day.
The building has become the campus’ go-to place to study, collaborate with peers on a project or, simply, to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the many “see-and-be-seen” opportunities afforded by the design. Visual connection is an important part of that design to reinforce the University’s goal of creating places that encourage informal and unexpected interaction; on display are both the students relaxing in the common areas as well as learning in the laboratories, classrooms and the exciting new teaching pedagogies being tested out in the technology-rich Active Learning Classrooms.
University Hall achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Congratulations to our design team and our partners at William Paterson University in achieving this prestigious certification.
Learn more about this project here.