September 17, 2013
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CONCORDIA COLLEGE GRANT CENTER EARNS
SILVER LEED CERTIFICATION
The Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., Grant Center, home of the Offutt School of Business, received LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Grant Center is the first building on Concordia’s campus to receive LEED certification, which recognizes projects that demonstrate sustainable design and construction in the U.S. The college collaborated closely with the architects, EYP Architecture & Engineering and Foss Architects, and the general contractor, Gast Construction, to develop a sustainable project and earn the certification.
“We are delighted at this recognition of the Grant Center as Concordia's first LEED certified structure, and we are pleased to share this achievement with our architects at EYP and Foss, and with our general contractor, Gast Construction,” says President William Craft. “Faithful stewardship of our resources arises directly from our mission as a global liberal arts college of the Lutheran church. This distinction marks the beginning of a sustained commitment to that stewardship.”
The renovation of the Grant Center re-used more than 67 percent of the original structure, keeping those materials from going into landfills and reducing the amount of new construction materials required. Additionally, more than 19 percent of the new building materials were made out of recycled content and 14 percent of the building materials were harvested and produced within 500 miles of the project site.
Other energy-saving features of the redesign include
- Installation of a white roof
- Newly insulated exterior walls and high performance glazing
- A center atrium that brings natural light into all levels of the building, improving users’ experience and utilizing natural light to illuminate the space when possible.
- Occupancy and daylight sensors that automatically turn off overhead lights when not needed
- A mechanical system designed to reduce energy use.
These measures mean the Grant Center uses 26 percent less energy each year than a standard building design.
Concordia College is dedicated to good stewardship of natural resources and to conservation of the earth’s beauty and vitality. The President’s Sustainability Council, together with faculty, students, and staff across campus, is leading campus efforts toward a more sustainable college.