Mass. business center earns LEED gold
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The University of Massachusetts-Lowell’s North Campus Innovation District has struck gold again.
The Pulichino Tong Business Center earned LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, according to the school. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the rating system used by the council to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings and encourage sustainable design.
Pulichino Tong, which opened in April and is home to the Manning School of Business, is the university’s second LEED Gold building. The other is its North Campus Innovation District neighbor, the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC).
“The Pulichino Tong Business Center has been a transformational addition for the university and exemplifies our commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable growth,” said Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Thomas Dreyer. “To become LEED gold-certified was a multifaceted effort.”
Jean Robinson, director of capital projects, facilities management and planning, said the LEED gold designation is a testament to the work of everyone involved, including the Information Technology, Environmental and Emergency Management, Parking and Transportation, and Facilities Management departments, as well as UCard, Access and Parking Services (UCAPS).
Designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, the four-story, 54,800-square-foot building includes sustainable features, such as occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting, “chilled beams” for heating and cooling, and a solar wall to preheat the intake air. The project also earned LEED points by recycling materials from the demolition of Eames Hall, which was torn down to make way for the new building.
The university currently has three LEED silver buildings: University Crossing, University Suites and the Health and Social Sciences Building.
Since the university adopted its Climate Action Plan in 2012, full-time enrollment has increased by 26 percent and gross square footage has increased by 20 percent. At the same time, total campus emissions have decreased by 8 percent.
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