Two Penn Projects Garner LEED Gold Photo courtesy University of Pennsylvania.

Two Penn Projects Garner LEED Gold

The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology and the Wharton School’s Steinberg-Dietrich Hall West Tower Entrance addition, two projects at the University of Pennsylvania, have been certified LEED Gold, according to reports from Penn News.

They join Penn’s other LEED-certified projects, including the Horticulture Center at the Morris Arboretum, which achieved a LEED Platinum rating, as well as the School of Arts & Sciences’ Music Building, the Weiss Pavilion at Franklin Field, the commercial interior renovation creating Joe’s Café in Wharton School’s Steinberg-Dietrich Hall, the Wharton School’s San Francisco campus and the Law School’s Golkin Hall, all of which have been certified LEED Gold.

The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, opened in October 2013, features high-efficiency mechanical, electrical and plumbing enabling it to operate at 14 percent above industry standard levels according to the University. In addition, plumbing fixtures and systems reduce water use to 30 percent below industry standards. More than 90 percent of the site materials were diverted from landfills. Other LEED features include the use of natural light and two green roofs. Architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi of Weiss Manfredi designed the building.

Design firm KlingStubbins designed the Wharton School Steinberg-Dietrich Hall West Tower Entrance addition, which opened in early 2013, to achieve LEED Silver. The building’s green features exceeded Silver status, including green roofs that manage storm water runoff and reduce cooling loads and heat island effects.

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