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Contact: Marilynn Fryer
(517) 796-8466
August 5, 2010
For immediate release

Campus View 2 achieves LEED Gold Rating for sustainable design, construction

Jackson Community College’s second student housing unit, Campus View 2, has achieved a Gold Rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The LEED certification recognizes buildings that adopt principles, policies and practices that make a positive impact on the environment. Several features of Campus View 2 helps make it an environmentally friendly facility, from its construction and design to the materials used in building. Some features include:

  •  A highly reflective roof reflects a large amount of solar radiation rather than absorbing it like dark roofs;
  • high efficiency faucets, shower heads and dual flush toilets to reduce water use;
  • use of recycled content in building materials;
  • use of certified wood from sustainable forests to preserve old-growth forests;
  • use of low VOC paints (low in Volatile Organic Compounds which may release toxins into the air) and materials;
  • efficient building energy systems;
  •  water efficient landscaping;
  • maximizing open space in site development;
  • and encouragement of alternative transportation with bicycle racks and no new parking lots built.

JCC opened Campus View 2 in Fall 2009, the College’s second student housing unit. SHW Group of Detroit completed architectural design and engineering work, while construction manager RW Mercer oversaw the construction project.

“JCC remains committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility in its organization and facilities, and this recognition signifies our commitment,” said JCC President Daniel J. Phelan. “This LEED Gold Rating shows what a committed, integrated team can accomplish when working together toward a common goal.”

LEED-certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs and increase asset value, reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, and be healthier and safer for occupants.