LEED Goes To New Mexico State Building

New Mexico State University (NMSU) has secured LEED certification for its second campus building, joining the ranks of colleges nationwide taking the lead on green building.

NMSU’s new DACC East Mesa Center Phase V project recently took LEED Gold certification for its energy efficient design, water use reduction, low carbon emissions, attention to indoor air quality and sustainably sourced/recycled materials.

New Mexico State Univeristy LEED

image via New Mexico State Universtiry

Joe Payyapilly, project manager in NMSU’s Office of Facilities and Services, led the project team, which developed and built the $3.3 million lecture-style auditorium. The building includes classroom, lobby and support spaces, as well as a courtyard. The project team was composed of LEED Commissioning Agent Michael Halcom, from Halcom Consulting LLC; Jason Clarke and Aaron Benefiel from Studio D Architects, Cindy Pitts from Warren Construction; and the FMS Engineering firm.

The project was funded via general obligation bonds.

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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.

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