University of Cincinnati Rec Center earns LEED certification

Nov. 14, 2007
353,000-square-foot facility combines student housing and recreation.

The 353,000-square-foot Campus Recreation Center at the University of Cincinnati has earned LEED certification for its environmentally friendly design. The $102 million center includes 224 suites for student housing; three swimming pools; six full basketball courts; eight racquetball courts; a fitness center with 200 cardio and fitness machines; a four-lane track; and a 40-foot climbing wall.
Atop the facility are 35 skylights that let daylight stream into the interior spaces. The materials used in the building include 29.5 percent recycled content. Kitchen equipment uses 35 percent less water than comparable facilities. Low-flow lavatories and faucets, as well as a rainwater collection system, further reduce the consumption of water. Landscaping and reflective roofing reduce the heat-island effect of the building. The university chose carpeting and other materials that emit minimal amounts of volatile organic compounds. The architects are KZF Design and Morphosis.

To read more about the Campus Recreation Center, click here.

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