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Castleton Campus Center awarded prestigious LEED Gold green building certification

CASTLETON - The Castleton State College Campus Center has recently been awarded LEED Gold certification as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.

There are only 11 other LEED Gold or Platinum Certified buildings in Vermont.

The $7.1 million Campus Center, which opened in the fall of 2009, was designed as a high performance green building. To construct the new building, the old Campus Center, which was built of cinderblocks in the 1970s, was totally renovated and incorporated into the attractive and enlarged design.

Castleton President Dave Wolk said, "This is an example of Castleton's dedication to sustainability. We took a building that was inefficient and uncomfortable and turned it into a gem."

The original goal of the project was to achieve LEED Silver certification, but JMZ Architects and Planners of Glens Falls , New York, exceeded those expectations.

Bob Joy, a managing principal of JMZ, said, "The design team found innovative ways to reuse or repurpose 97 percent of the materials in the existing building, which reduced construction waste. They also incorporated an extremely efficient building envelope, high-efficiency interior lighting, advanced heating, ventilating, and air conditioning and control systems, innovative water use technologies, and sustainable materials throughout."

"The green building movement offers unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO, and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. "The work of innovative building projects such as the Castleton Campus Center is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement."

To see the features of the Campus Center:

http://www.castleton.edu/campus/campuscenter/green_campus_center

For a list of LEED certified buildings, search by Vermont at: http://www.usgbc.org/LEED/Project/CertifiedProjectList.aspx

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