LEED Platinum Goes To Texas College Building

Colleges nationwide have been leading the charge on green building in recent years, and now, the University of Texas (UT) at Dallas is getting into the act with a new LEED Platinum Student Services Building, the 10th such academic building in the U.S. to garner this certification.

This four-story, 74,000-square-foot building is now home to many of the departments students interact most with during their time at UT, including the Financial Aid offices, the Career Center, Enrollment Services, the Office of the Registrar, and the Health and Counseling Centers.

UT Dallas LEED building

image via University of Texas, Dallas

Green features include an energy-efficient lighting system that automatically adjusts to daylighting conditions and a solar hot water system. The building was constructed using local and regional materials and enhanced building mechanical systems designe to lower monthly operating costs.

Funding for the $27.5 million facility was provided in part by UT Dallas’ students, who approved a referendum to add a $71 fee to their tuition in order to to make the building a reality. It was designed by architects Busby, Perkins and Will; construction on the project began in April 2009 and was completed in August 2010. Green certification was recently awarded through  the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Building Certification Institute.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.