New classroom building earns Calif. university its 17th LEED certification

New classroom building earns Calif. university its 17th LEED certification

UC Merced has earned LEED platinum certification for Classroom and Office Building 2. Photo courtesy of UC Merced

Ten years after receiving its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), University of California-Merced has earned platinum certification for its Classroom and Office Building 2 (COB2).

UC Merced remains the only campus in the nation with all constructed buildings being LEED certified, according to the school.  This marks the campus’ 17th LEED certification for new construction and its eighth platinum designation.

“From day one, we made a deliberate commitment to build to highest sustainable standards,” Assistant Director of Sustainability Mark Maxwell said. “With each new building, we’re proud to demonstrate that we’re keeping that promise.”

COB2 opened last fall, providing much-needed classrooms, tutorial space, research labs and academic and administrative offices to support the campus’s projected growth.

Some of COB2’s sustainable features include:

  • 93 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills;
  • 51 percent of the building materials are recycled content;
  • 43 percent more water efficient than California code requires; and
  • 46 percent greater energy efficiency than California code requires.

Like many of the campus’s other buildings, COB2 pulls chilled and hot water from the Central Plant, which contributes to its high energy efficiency.

Since opening in 2005, UC Merced has earned LEED silver for the Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center; LEED gold for the Central Plant, Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library, Classroom and Office Building 1, Science and Engineering Building 1, Sierra Terraces residence halls, Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center, Facilities Complex, and the Early Childhood Education Center; and LEED platinum for the dining expansion, Social Science and Management Building, The Summits residence halls, Half Dome residence hall, Student Activities and Athletic Center, Student Services Building and the Science and Engineering Building 2.

Classroom and Office Building 1 is also expected to achieve the campus’s second LEED Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) certification shortly. The Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library earned a gold certificate in Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance in 2015.


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