Rec Center Goes Green

Oct. 1, 2007
The renovated recreation center at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

The renovated recreation center at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its environmentally friendly design and construction.

The university says the center's upgrade earned the LEED designation because of features such as its access to alternative transportation; the installation of a treatment system to filter out sediments from water runoff; use of water-efficient landscaping; reduced water usage through the installation of water-efficient plumbing fixtures; and use of low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paint, carpet and composite wood materials.

The project also was recognized for recycling 52 percent of the project construction waste and the fact that 24 percent of the material for the remodeling by cost was manufactured within 500 miles of the site.

“The recreation center is a model of what it means to engage in environmentally responsible construction, and it establishes a new standard by which building projects will be judged in the future,” says W. Samuel Sadler, vice president for student affairs.

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