Farmer School of Business Miami's First LEED Certified Building

Posted on: Thu, 03/25/2010 (All day)

The new home of the Farmer School of Business is the first building on the Miami University campus to earn LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The “Silver” LEED designation was announced by the university after notification by the USGBC. Design, construction and operations of the new facility meet USGBC requirements for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Such requirements included extensive recycling and reuse of deconstruction and construction materials, preservation of mature trees and green space around the building site, use of energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, control of water use inside the building, and use of low-emission materials in construction and furnishing of the building.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive official word of this achievement,” said Miami University President David Hodge. “This is a very tangible sign of the university’s commitment to leadership in environmental sustainability.” 

Hodge added that Miami has been committed to LEED principles in other recent construction projects, but that the Farmer School building is the first for which it has submitted the extensive documentation necessary to secure LEED designation.

“We are very grateful to the donors whose combined $50 million in gifts helped make this building possible, and who encouraged us to take the extra steps and expense to meet the LEED criteria,” said Farmer School Dean Roger L. Jenkins. “Businesses everywhere realize the need to make their operations focus on sustainability, and we want to model that mindset for our students, faculty and staff.”

Two architectural firms shared design responsibilities for the $65 million project: New York-based Robert A.M. Stern and Ohio firm Moody Nolan, Inc. Construction was completed in the summer of 2009 and the facility opened at the beginning of fall semester. Learn more about the building at http://www.fsb.muohio.edu/new-building.

 Story submitted by the Public News and Information Office

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