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UCI earns first LEED Platinum Certification with Humanities Gateway

The university adds the accreditation to its 8 LEED Gold awards

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: November 22, 2011 02:45 PM

UC Irvine has garnered its first LEED Platinum Certification for one of its campus buildings, the Humanities Gateway. This is the ninth LEED certification for the campus.

The 71,300-square-foot Humanities Gateway houses several of the campus’ multidisciplinary centers, including the International Center for Writing and Translation, the UC Humanities Research Institute, the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, and the Humanities Center, as well as several department offices.

The U.S. Green Building Council awards the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accreditations in accordance with a categorized point system. New or retrofitted structures are graded on categories including site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.

"Achieving LEED Platinum was truly a team effort led by campus design and construction services and the Hensel Phelps Construction project team," said Richard Demerjian, UCI’s director of environmental planning and sustainability. "We are thrilled with this distinction and look forward to more in the future."

The Humanities Gateway earned the Platinum certification––the highest award––with 57 points on a 69-point scale, with top marks in every category in which the project applied. The structure boasts a California Cool Roof––a system of reflective coatings that reduces the amount of heat reflected back into the atmosphere––as well as high-efficiency elevators, construction waste recycling and use of natural ambient lighting.

"This designation demonstrates UCI's commitment not only to mitigating the campus's impact on the environment, but to holding down costs as well," said Wendell Brase, vice chancellor for administrative and business services.  "At UCI, we are proud of our leadership role in building energy-efficient facilities that save both natural resources and money."

Other LEED-certified structures and projects at UCI include the Bren Hall Computer Sciences Building, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ new Contemporary Arts Center, the Surge Building and the expansion of the Student Center.

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