Kishwaukee College’s Student Center received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building program’s Gold Certification.
A LEED Gold plaque indicating the Gold certification was presented June 10 during the college’s Board of Trustee’s regular monthly meeting. Presenting the plaque was Adam McMillen, member of the Board of Directors of U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois.
LEED certification is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design and construction of environmentally conscious buildings and offers five levels of certification: Certified, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
To receive LEED Gold certification, Demonica Kemper Architects, the architectural firm that designed the student center, submitted detailed information to the U.S. Green Building Council on the design and construction of the building in six categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy/Atmosphere, Materials/Resources, Indoor Quality and Innovation.
Demonica Kemper Architects had designed the building to take advantage of natural daylight to assist in heating and cooling, a geothermal field, and used other energy efficient measures. With these measures in place, the Student Center will show an annual energy savings of $21,800 plus a projected energy savings of more than 40 percent and water use reduction of 30 percent.
The construction firm of Shales - McNutt used extensive waste management practices during construction to minimize waste sent to local landfills. Construction materials were also selected to minimize impact on the environment. For example, the building utilized Forest Stewardship Council Certified Wood. FSC Certified Wood is harvested in a sustainable manner to protect ecosystems and assure that environmentally damaging clear-cutting and illegal logging practices were not used. Paint and other chemicals with low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) were sought out and selected for use throughout the building.
“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, said in a news release. “As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, Kishwaukee College’s Student Center is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.”
“Kishwaukee College remains committed to preserving the environment, as illustrated by the LEED Gold certification for the Student Center,” Rob Galick, vice president of Finance and Administration at Kishwaukee College, said in the release. He also served as the college’s point-person for the construction project. “The college’s Board of Trustees, staff and faculty worked together to design this building in a sustainable, yet cost-effective manner.”
The Student Center was built as part of the 2010 referendum. The 80,000-square-foot building houses Student Services offices, Student Activities facilities, Administrative offices, College Bookstore, Kish Café and dining room. The building opened in fall 2012.