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Architecture building at Kent State gets LEED Platinum

The Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, which opened in 2016, is the first building at Kent State to receive Platinum certification.

The Center for Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, has received LEED Platinum certification for its sustainable design and construction.

The university says the building is the first on the Kent State campus to receive a Platinum rating, the highest level of LEED certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 107,000-square-foot building opened in August 2016 and houses academic programs in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Among the sustainable features of the facility: a green roof, a geothermal heating and cooling system that is 300 percent more efficient than standard systems; a 15,000-gallon tank that recycles rainwater for irrigation and flushing bathroom fixtures; 25,000 square feet of radiant flooring, and high energy-efficiency LED lighting.

“Educating the next generation of progressive designers and builders of compelling sustainable environments benefits enormously from a home that models the same,” says Mark Mistur, dean of the college.

The architect is Weiss/Manfredi.

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