UR's Growing List of LEED Gold Certified Buildings Expands by Two

The Queally Center, Richmond Hall receive LEED Gold Certification
December 6, 2018

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded two University of Richmond buildings, The Queally Center and Richmond Hall, with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.

UR’s campus now has six LEED Gold certified buildings. Since 2004, fourteen buildings have been LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“LEED requirements influence the design, building, and maintenance of buildings to provide a safe and healthy workspace while minimizing environmental impacts,” said Andrew McBride, associate vice president for facilities. “The University of Richmond is committed to constructing and renovating sustainable buildings on campus, where our goal is to develop buildings that will cut energy and water use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and operate under a sustainable plan that will contribute to a healthier environment.”

The Queally Center, which opened in 2016, serves as the front door for prospective students and their families. It integrates the offices of admission, financial aid, and employer development under one roof, transforming the visitor experience and serving students from acceptance letter to job offer letter. The building also recently received a Brick in Architecture Award.

Originally constructed in 1932 to house the physics department, Richmond Hall is now home to UR’s advancement office and psychology department.

“Our two newest LEED Gold-certified building projects both went through a series of consistent, measurable processes to ensure that they conserve water, save energy, reduce waste, improve indoor air quality, and support the comfort of building occupants,” said Rob Andrejewski, UR’s director of sustainability. “From design and construction, to systems testing and verification, our value of stewardship is embedded in how we build.”

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LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. To learn more visit new.usgbc.org.