December 19, 2019 at 8:39 am

Ellis Hall Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Ellis Hall entrance

Ellis Hall earned LEED Gold certification after being renovated, including new windows and features demonstrating indoor environmental quality. Photo by Ben Siegel, Ohio University

From Ohio University News

Ohio University’s Ellis Hall was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for a complete renovation of the 115-year-old building.

The Ellis Hall project earned LEED Gold certification for implementing sustainable and high-performance construction strategies in areas including site development, energy efficiency, materials and resources, waste management, water efficiency and indoor environmental quality.

“The College of Arts & Sciences is quite pleased that the Ellis Hall renovation project received LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council,” Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Brian McCarthy said. “We think this speaks very highly of Ohio University’s Architecture, Design & Construction team and their commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly decisions made during the construction process.”

The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. LEED Gold certification is the second highest rating awarded by USGBC. The rating takes into consideration the construction materials, processes, water management, lighting, ventilation, energy, and other attributes for sustainability and quality of life.

The original construction of Ellis Hall was completed in 1904, with additions added in 1906 and 1908. The recent renovation project upgraded the building to a state-of-the-art facility for the departments of English, Philosophy and World Religions. The new design provides modern classrooms, offices, student and faculty collaboration spaces, seminar rooms, and a student publishing space.

Read the rest of the story at Ohio University News.

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