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Wabash Building project receives Gold LEED certification

Posted: 11/02/2012
Roosevelt University’s 32-story Wabash Building has received Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington, D.C.

The certification, announced this week by the USGBC, recognizes the University’s strong commitment to the environment and its leadership in sustainability from start to finish in construction of the Wabash Building.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our continuing efforts on behalf of sustainability and are ecstatic to receive Gold certification for this project,” said Paul Matthews, assistant vice president for campus planning and operations at Roosevelt University.

An internationally recognized green building program, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Roosevelt’s vertical campus, which opened in the spring, was awarded Gold – the second highest certification level possible - based on its many energy-efficient and green-design features.

Some of these include: efficient heating and cooling systems; efficient water usage with low-flow pumping systems; rooftop gardens; use of natural lighting and lighting-control system; significant reduction in electrical load through the use of renewable energy credits; reuse of 95 percent of all construction waste that would have wound up in landfills; renewable and recycled flooring throughout the building; use of Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable wood products;  improved indoor air quality through use of  low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints; a tri-sorter recycling chute system; an exterior glass pattern deterring bird collisions; green building signage; pulper and composting systems; indoor bicycle storage area; and innovative use of a small and unique urban land site.

The Wabash Building becomes the 11th Gold LEED-certified higher-education project that is publicly identified in Illinois and the 284th in North America. With this certification, the new vertical campus is also the tallest Gold higher-education structure in the world

In honor of the distinction, Matthews said the University will be receiving a glass emblem from the USGBC for display in the new Wabash Building. “We will be unveiling the emblem at a special ceremony in the very near future,” said Matthews.

The University and its Green LEED team have been working since building construction began in 2010 to meet, and in many cases exceed, standards required for LEED certification.  Team members include: Alicia Rucinski, assistant project manager, Buck Development; Jonathan Grant, senior engineer, WMA;  Todd Rossier, project engineer, Power Construction Co.; Jennifer Rzab and Joe Dietz, senior associates, VOA Associates, and Thomas Shelton and Kenton Franklin, Roosevelt University environmental sustainability interns.

“We would like to thank all who have been involved in this important aspect of the project.  Together, we have worked to put up a structure that is environmentally friendly for our community and for our planet.  Without the team’s efforts this distinction would not have been possible,” Matthews said.