“The university commitment to use renewable resources and make conscious decisions in building designs will contribute to the positive impact Georgia State makes in the city of Atlanta,” Allen Wilbanks said.
Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) May 08, 2014
Georgia State University has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the Indian Creek Lodge, a student, faculty and staff building used for group meetings and retreats. This building marks the university’s first project to achieve the certification.
“We are thrilled to be the first LEED certified facility on campus and appreciate the university administration’s commitment to a more sustainable campus,” said Scott Levin, director of recreational services.
The Indian Creek Lodge is in DeKalb County, Ga., within the 15.5-acre Indian Creek recreational area. The university purchased the land in 1938 and has incorporated a team-building ropes course with high and low elements, picnic facilities, a large open event lawn, swimming pool, sand volleyball court, and a children’s playground to serve the Georgia State community.
Sustainable features of the lodge include:
- High-efficiency water fixtures, reducing water use by 35 percent;
- Preservation of more than 77 percent of the LEED project boundary for open space;
- Purchased renewable energy certificates that offset 100 percent of the building’s electricity use for two years.
Other highlights include environmentally friendly paints and coatings, preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, and bicycle storage and changing facilities for bicycle commuters.
Georgia State is committed to green building and sustainable development. The most recent efforts include the University’s Student Recreation Center, which received multiple Green Globe Awards and the new Law School, which will also be LEED certified.
“The university commitment to use renewable resources and make conscious decisions in building designs will contribute to the positive impact Georgia State makes in the city of Atlanta,” said Allen Wilbanks, assistant director in charge of facilities for Recreational Services.
Developed by the U.S Green Building Council, LEED certification comprises several categories for high performance facilities, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. A project can receive multiple levels of certification depending on the number of points achieved.