James Madison University Hall Seeks LEED

Art and sustainable design come together at James Madison University’s newly constructed residence hall, Wayland Hall. The University, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, recently completed the new community center where visual and performing arts students will live, learn and create.

In addition to gallery space and performance areas, the hall also features some of the newest sustainable design features available. Thirty-two, 600-ft. wells were constructed at the back of the building, along with a 10,000 gallon water tank to collect rainwater. A geothermal HVAC system has been incorporated into the building to make heating and cooling the building more energy efficient. All of the materials were selected with sustainablility in mind, including the use of reclaimed doors as a design feature of the halls.

Via James Madison University

Sources at the University say they will now begin the process of  applying for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification, the highest LEED certification status granted by the U.S. Green Building Council. If it is granted later this semester, it will be the first renovated residence hall in the country to achieve LEED Platinum status.

Wayland Hall  will open to student this fall who are entering the University as freshman. The building will also house Madison Eco, the campus’ learning community focused on environmental issues.

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