Auburn University

2 facilities at Auburn University receive LEED certifications

Feb. 28, 2024
The Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex and The Edge at the Central Dining Commons were recognized for their environmentally friendly designs.

Two buildings at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, have received LEED certifications for their environmental friendly designs.

The Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex (ACLC) received a LEED Gold rating and The Edge at the Central Dining Commons received a  LEED Silver rating.

“It is extremely gratifying for these projects to be recognized with such a prestigious award,” said Simon Yendle, Facilities Management assistant vice president of Planning, Design and Construction. “We are committed to doing our part to create a sustainable campus.”

Auburn now has 13 LEED-certified facilities, equaling nearly one million square feet of LEED-certified space on campus.

Key sustainable features for each building include:

  • Reduced construction waste and pollution;
  • Reinforced use of public transportation, bicycles and fuel-efficient vehicles;
  • Improved storm water management through reduced rainwater surface runoff;
  • Reduced water and energy usage achieved with the use of high-efficiency fixtures and equipment and innovative building design;
  • Use of local or recyclable materials.

The ACLC, which opened in 2022, is a 151,000 square-foot building that includes adaptable classrooms and laboratories, engaged active student learning classrooms and lecture halls. The adaptable classroom and laboratories are designed to provide spaces that can operate as either a laboratory or a classroom, as needed.

The Edge at Central Dining Commons, which opened in 2021, is a 48,000 square-foot, 800-seat dining hall with reservable dining and study rooms and retail venue space.

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