Ivy Tech earns “green” building certification

Ivy Tech Community College−Northeast announced today that the renovation of the Student Life Center on the North Campus has been awarded LEED® Silver certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

“Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast is able to demonstrate our commitment to green efforts with this latest LEED certification,” said Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D.

Completed in August 2009, the 71,000 sf Student Life Center renovation provides much needed classroom and office space to the college. It also provides students with some of the amenities typically found at other universities, such as a commons area with café grill, gymnasium, weight/fitness room and locker rooms. The re-purposed building provides the College with the ability to implement new initiatives such as its new fitness programs for students and staff.

“Ivy Tech–Northeast’s Student Life Center’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair of U.S. Green Building Council. “With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation. As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, Ivy Tech’s Student Life Center is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.”

MSKTD & Associates, Inc. (Fort Wayne, IN) provided architectural, interior and engineering design services for the project and The Hagerman Group was the Construction Manager. LEED certification of Ivy Tech’s Student Life Center was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. With its rehabilitation of an existing building – the former community mall on the former Fort Wayne Developmental Center campus, the project is an excellent example of environmental responsibility. The newly renovated building uses nearly 50% less water and over 30% less energy than a typical building due to the use of waterless urinals, dual-flush water closets, occupancy sensors, and high-efficiency mechanical systems. The renovation also re-used over 98% of the existing roof, slab and exterior walls.

Incorporated in August of 1978, MSKTD & Associates, Inc. is an Indiana-based Architecture, Engineering and Interior Design firm with offices in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Indiana.

With a total staff of some seventy Architects, Interior Designers, Mechanical – Electrical – Civil –Structural Engineers, Planners, Cost Estimators and support personnel in our Fort Wayne andIndianapolis offices, MSKTD’s clients have access to a full range of in-house design services. MSKTD’s portfolio shows experience with a wide arrange of project types, with special emphasis on academic, health/wellness, food processing/advanced manufacturing, corporate and community-enhancingprojects.

As proponents of environmentally responsible design, MSKTD is a member of the United States Green Building Council and has several LEED accredited architects and engineers on staff.

In addition to the Lake City Bank Carmel Banking Center, MSKTD currently has four LEED certified projects; the LEED Platinum Sweetwater campus in Fort Wayne; Ball State University’s LEED Silver David Letterman Communication & Media Building, LEED Certified IUPPS Call Center & Administrative Headquarters in Greenwood, and Ball State’s LEED Silver Student Rec & Wellness Center. Seven projects are in various stages of review by GBCI.

U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.

For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

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