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Justin Hall awarded LEED Gold for sustainability

By The Mercury

The building addition to Justin Hall, home of the College of Human Ecology at K-State has been approved for the prestigious LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification by the U. S. Green Building Council, meeting stringent requirements for positive impact on the environment and the building’s occupants.

The 13,000-square-foot Justin Hall expansion, designed by PGAV Architects in Kansas City and financed from private sources, was dedicated in September 2012 and includes two advanced stadium seat classrooms, collaboration space for students, conference rooms and offices.

The LEED Green Building Rating System is a framework for identifying, implementing and measuring green building and neighborhood design, construction, operations and maintenance.

The sustainable elements with the addition and its construction include decreased use of potable water, minimal construction waste, at least 20 percent recycled content of building materials and use of building materials that were extracted, harvested, recovered or manufactured within 500 miles of Manhattan.

The Justin Hall addition is the third building on the university’s Manhattan campus to earn LEED Gold certification, joining the School of Leadership Studies and the Food Services Building at the Jardine Apartment Complex.

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