LEED Gold Goes To NY Community College

The Westchester Community College Gateway Center recently opened to accolades in the fall of 2010, and now has a bright green feather in its cap: LEED Gold certification.

Certification at this level from the U.S. Green Building Council for this new $40 million green building, located in Valhalla, New York, is a first for Westchester County. The Gateway Center is a 70,000-square-foot, three-story, V-shaped building that includes classrooms, seminar rooms, a lecture hall, computer labs, and language labs for ESL students.

Westchester Gateway Center

image via Westchester Community College

The Gateway Center makes use of astructural steel framing system, masonry and a cold metal framing exterior wall with a vapor barrier, an architectural stone cladding façade, and a glass curtain wall — all of which incorporates sustainable and low-impact development techniques and technologies. The building was designed by Ennead Architects.

Westchester Gateway Center

image via Westchester Community College

Sustainable building elements include construction waste diverted from the landfill, a sustainable storm water management system, the use of low-mercury light bulbs and indoor air quality monitoring. More information on the project is available from the general contractor on the project, STV.

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.

    • Lead Gold? you are kidding right? That building looks like it took TONS of energy can carbon and pollution to build… now to run? Where does it get its energy from? How far OFF balance is it from being carbon neutral and using no fossil fuels?nnHow about a LEED ‘Earthship’ rating for way beyond platinum… an Earthship – Radically Sustainable Buildings. The ultimate in Green Buildings. http://earthship.com