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Holmes Hall obtains LEED gold certification

June 12, 2013

Built upon our commitment to responsible stewardship of resources and sustainable practices, Holmes Hall recently obtained its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.

Designed with upper-division students in mind, Holmes Hall features large rooms and a high percentage of singles, as well as a game room, community kitchen, and spacious lounge complete with family-style dining tables looking out on a paved courtyard with a wood-burning fireplace.

The green building features a bicycle storage room on the first floor, a storm-water management system, and energy reduction technology.

The building is designed to use 40 percent less water and 26 percent less energy than a typical residential building. In addition, the building’s design makes impressive use of milled and repurposed trees from the site. Up to 75 percent of the original site’s maple and fir trees were used to create furniture, stair treads, wall paneling, and trim.

To learn more about the green features of this building and see videos with the design team, check out the Holmes Hall green features page.