Warren and Moore Colleges Earn LEED Gold Certification
The new Warren and Moore Colleges, which include the Kissam Center, has received a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the United States.
“LEED has certainly raised the bar since being unveiled in 2000 on many of the quality-of-life and environmentally sound principles that have always made for quality buildings,” noted Judson Newbern, deputy vice chancellor for facilities and environmental affairs.
The journey to gold for this project began four years ago, at the very beginning of the design process. Warren and Moore feature sustainable elements, including high-performance glass that reduces heat transfer; native landscaping that doesn’t require extra irrigation; motion-sensing, low-flow sinks and toilets; low-mercury lighting; low-flow, adjustable-pressure showers; and individually controlled thermostats to conserve energy.
“Campus Planning and Construction has truly excelled at creating a beautiful, comfortable and innovative space for our students while minimizing the impact to the environment from such an extensive building project,” said Andrea George, director of Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office. “Warren and Moore will positively impact not only our students, but also the environment and local community for many years to come due to the energy and water savings features in the buildings. CPC’s commitment to building green on our campus is exemplary and a concrete example of Vanderbilt’s continued commitment to sustainability.”
Vanderbilt has 15 LEED-certified structures, including eight certified Gold. This new facility is Vanderbilt’s largest LEED-certified building and the seventh largest in Middle Tennessee. It is also currently the largest certified multi-unit higher education residence building in the state. Read more at Vanderbilt News (9/18/14).