University of Massachusetts Boston Facility Attains LEED® Gold Certification

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Development exceeds initial target and celebrates achievement awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council

University of Massachusetts Residence and Dining Hall Attains LEED Gold Certification from USGBC

Through the hard work and dedication of all involved we were able to exceed our initial LEED® Silver target while staying on schedule and on budget and hope it will continue to yield cost savings through the enhanced sustainable features.

Capstone Development Partners today announced that the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) Dining and Residence Hall project has achieved LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

“We are thrilled to achieve LEED® Gold certification for the University of Massachusetts Boston project,” said Jeff Jones, Principal, Capstone Development Partners. “Through the hard work and dedication of all involved we were able to exceed our initial LEED® Silver target while staying on schedule and on budget and hope it will continue to yield cost savings through the enhanced sustainable features. Most importantly, we hope this certification will be valued by our current and future student residents.”

The UMass Boston Residence Hall achieved LEED® Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Some of the sustainable strategies and project attributes that helped the project achieve this level of certification include:

  • The location of the project site on land that is considered a brownfield redevelopment.
  • A water savings of 34% which is achieved by using low-flow showers, faucets, toilets and urinals.
  • An energy cost savings of 26.8% which is achieved through the implementation of a high performance building envelope, energy recovery units, hot water efficiency and 100% LEED lighting.
  • The thoughtful selection of cool roofing and hardscape materials to reduce the heat island effect.

“As the first residence hall on our campus, this development created the opportunity for our students to have a traditional residential college experience,” said Katherine Newman, Interim Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston. “We are especially pleased that it has achieved LEED Gold certification as it aptly reflects our commitment to - and our students’ interest in - sustainable development.”

About Capstone Development Partners
Capstone Development Partners, LLC is a leading student housing developer in the on-campus and university-affiliated student housing market. The company is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Its principals, Jeff Jones and Bruce McKee, have more than 40 years combined experience as leaders in the higher education student housing sector specializing in the development and management of on-campus student housing through Public-Private Partnerships. Since 1997, the principals of Capstone have partnered with over 60 public and private colleges and universities, including the University of Massachusetts Boston, and delivered more than 44,000 beds of student housing nationwide. For more information please visit http://www.capdevpartners.com.

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