Dror Baldinger, FAIA
Austin Community College Highland Campus

Austin Community College District's Highland Phase 2 campus in Austin, Texas receives LEED Gold

May 25, 2022
Sustainable features on campus include solar panels, water-saving plumbing fixtures, drought-tolerant plants, and light-colored paving and roofs to minimize the heat island effect.

Austin Community College District's newest campus, Highland Phase 2 in Austin, Texas, has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design and construction. 

Highland Phase 2 is the college's third campus to receive LEED Gold, the college says in a news release. 

The campus has solar panels, water-saving plumbing fixtures, drought-tolerant plants, and light-colored paving and roofs to minimize the heat island effect. 

Furthering the sustainability efforts is a chilled beam HVAC system. 

Other green and sustainable elements at the college: 

  • Electric Vehicle charging stations network on all campuses.
  • Alternative transportation.
  • Paper towel composting and specialty recycling programs.
  • Solar panels and benches.
  • Rainwater/AC condensate reclamation
  • LED lights and sensors

The architects are Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects and Perkins & Will.

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