USU Certifies Two LEED® Buildings
Friday, Jun. 01, 2018
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has certified both Utah State University’s Maverik Stadium and Kaysville Education Center Expansion LEED Silver. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.
“Utah State University has recently completed a 10,000 square foot addition to the Kaysville Education Center, addressing a growing student demand for current programs as well as a space to house new programs,” said USU architect and project manager Kelly Christoffersen. “Designing and building to LEED Standards has provided value added incentives such as reduced construction waste, lower long term operating cost and improved indoor air quality.”
The projects, which are a combined 73,000-square-feet, incorporate strategies targeting energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials selection, sustainable site development and water savings. The new certifications bring the USU system to a total of 11 LEED certified buildings since 2009. Maverik stadium and Kaysville Education Center are joining more than 4,200 LEED certified projects in higher education across the world.
The buildings’ notable features include reducing water by more than 39 percent, reducing energy cost by more than 20 percent and diverting more than more than 60 percent of the construction waste from the landfill. Additionally, Maverik Stadium provides stops for four bus lines within one-quarter mile, serving over 400 rides per day and twenty percent of the materials in the Kaysville expansion were regionally sourced.
“The work of innovative building projects such as Maverik Stadium is a fundamental driving force in transforming the way buildings are built, design and operated,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “Buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and reducing operating costs while prioritizing sustainable practices.”