LEED Gold Spaces For Carnegie Mellon Techies

Carnegie Mellon University has added two more buildings to its growing roster of LEED certified facilities. The university recently announced that its Gate Center for Computer Science and its Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies have both been awarded Gold-level certifications by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The designations bring the campus’s total of LEED certified buildings to 12. The latest LEED buildings were both designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects from Atlanta and include a mix of classrooms, offices and laboratories. They replace a 150-space underground garage and more than double the outdoor space with five green roofs and a winter garden.

Carnegie Mellon University LEED building

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Systems were build for collecting rainwater and snowmelt, which will provide an estimated one-half million gallons of water for use for flushing the building’s  toilets. The water collection, along with low-flush toilets will help cut the amount of water used in the buildings in half. Occupancy sensors will help control energy used for  lighting as well as controlling office temperatures.

Nearly all of the construction waste, about 98 percent of it, was either reused or recycled. About 30 percent of the buildings’ materials were manufactured within 500 miles of Pittsburgh and more than half of the wood came from sustainable forests.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.