Cleveland State University
Washkewicz Hall

College of Engineering building at Cleveland State University receives LEED Gold certification

Sept. 15, 2020
Washkewicz Hall opened on the Cleveland campus in 2017

Washkewicz Hall, home to the College of Engineering at Cleveland State University, has received LEED Gold certification for environmentally sensitive design and construction.

The building, completed in 2017, is the sixth building on the university’s Cleveland, Ohio, campus to receive LEED certification and the second to receive LEED Gold.

Among Washkewicz Hall’s sustainable features:

  • Site utilization that optimizes green space to reduce storm water runoff
  • Low-flow toilets and faucets that reduce water consumption by 30%
  • Energy-efficient mechanical systems
  • 70% of electricity from renewable sources
  • 25% recycled steel in building materials
  • Light-colored roof material to reflect heat and maintain a cooler temperature within the building
  • Materials, paints, flooring and wall materials contain no- or low-VOCs for improved indoor air quality

“The team set out with the goal of achieving LEED Gold certification, so knowing that the process of design and construction reached that ambitious target is very exciting,” says Jennifer McMillin, Cleveland State's director of sustainability.

“As an institution of higher education, CSU has an opportunity to educate students about environmental sustainability both in the classroom and in the campus environment. Designing and operating green buildings is one of our opportunities to demonstrate our commitment to energy and water conservation.”

Other LEED-certified buildings at Cleveland State: Julka Hall (Gold), Center for Innovation in Medical Professions (Silver), Euclid Commons (Silver), the CSU Student Center (Silver) and the CSU Recreation Center (Certified).

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