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Going for Gold

 Washkewicz Hall Earns LEED Gold Certification

Washkewicz Hall, home to the College of Engineering, has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Washkewicz Hall is the sixth CSU building to earn LEED certification, the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

“Washkewicz Hall’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize our buildings and communities by providing everyone with access to healthy, green and high-performing buildings. Cleveland State’s most recent certification is a prime example of how the innovative work of project teams can create local solutions that contribute to making a global difference.”

“The team set out with the goal of achieving LEED Gold certification, so knowing that the process of design and construction reached that ambitious target is very exciting,” said Jennifer McMillin, CSU director of sustainability. “As an institution of higher education, CSU has an opportunity to educate students about environmental sustainability both in the classroom and in the campus environment. Designing and operating green buildings is one of our opportunities to demonstrate our commitment to energy and water conservation.”

Sustainable features earning Washkewicz Hall LEED Gold include:

  1. Optimized green space to reduce stormwater runoff
    Low-flow toilets and faucets to reduce water consumption
    Energy-efficient mechanical systems
  2. Renewably sourced electricity
  3. Recycled steel building materials
  4. Light-colored roof material to reflect heat and maintain cooler building temperatures
  5. Paints, flooring and wall materials with no- or low-VOCs for improved air quality

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