"LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED is a global rating system that offers regional approaches to environmental/building issues by utilizing local resources to help projects on the ground, wherever they are. To receive a LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum." - Visit the U.S. Green Building Council to learn more.
At EWU we currently have 4 buildings that are LEED certified, and two more that are expected to eventually become certified (PUB and ISC). Read below to learn more about our LEED certified buildings.
Patterson Hall (Eastern's largest academic building) underwent remodeling in 2013. One of the innovative and sustainable projects for Patterson Hall included a water reclamation system. This system operates by collecting rainwater/groundwater which is used for irrigation around the building. After the remodel, Patterson became certified LEED Gold due to its eco-friendly construction and landscaping.
University Recreation Center (URC)
The URC is a masonry building with metal panels and membrane roofing. High-efficient natural light is used throughout the URC, with special attention given to water savings and energy efficiency. The building's features include environmentally conscious bathrooms and low maintenance landscaping. Due to these elements and more, the URC has been certified LEED Gold.
Hargreaves was constructed in the 1930s as Eastern Washington University's first campus library. In the 1960s it was remodeled and converted into an academic hall. A second remodel was completed in 2009 to restore the building's historical features.
The restoration project reduced water use by 48% through the installation of efficient plumbing fixtures that included dual flush toilets and low-flow faucets, shower heads, and urinals. Water use was further decreased by the installation of an efficient drip irrigation system around the building and plants that require minimal water input replaced those that had a higher water demand.
Energy use was significantly reduced by an efficient building shell construction, replacement of older inefficient windows, and upgrades to HVAC and lighting systems. These measures contribute to annual energy use savings of 21%, energy cost savings of 29%, and save EWU approximately $17,000 per year (compared to the base case). The project was certified LEED Gold and received an AIA Honor Award.
snyamncut Hall was completed in 2013 and was certified LEED Silver in 2015. snyamncut is the only LEED certified residence hall on Eastern's campus. The building's design, both internally and externally, was purposed to bring awareness about eco-friendly architecture to on-campus students.
Click here for snyamncut's detailed LEED score card.