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Student-built facility at Kansas community college gets LEED platinum

Galileo’s Pavilion, a classroom building that opened last year on the campus of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., has been certified LEED platinum. Galileo’s Pavilion, a 3,000-square-foot building that contains two general education classrooms and a student lounge, was constructed by students from Studio 804, a design/build program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Among the building’s design features are photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine providing electricity to the building, floor-to-ceiling living green walls, LED lighting in the lounge and vestibules, a rainwater collection system and a rain garden.

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