Cleveland State University’s Washkewicz Hall receives LEED Gold rating for environmental performance

Christel Deskins

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Washkewicz Hall, home to Cleveland State University’s College of Engineering, has been awarded LEED Gold certification, the second highest of four levels of certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council, the university said in a news release. Load Error The LEED system, short for Leadership in […]

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Washkewicz Hall, home to Cleveland State University’s College of Engineering, has been awarded LEED Gold certification, the second highest of four levels of certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council, the university said in a news release.

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The LEED system, short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, establishes widely used measurable standards for environmental performance by buildings.

Gold is the second highest of four levels including Platinum, Silver and Certified.

Completed in 2017, Washkewicz Hall was designed by the national architecture and engineering firm of HED, and CBLH Design of Cleveland.

Located on the south side of Chester Avenue at East 24th Street, the building includes teaching and research laboratories, simulation labs for computer modeling, student collaboration spaes and “smart” classrooms, according to CSU’s website.

It earned LEED Gold status for sustainable features that include:

1/4 u00b7 A footprint on its building site that uses green space to reduce stormwater runoff.

1/4 u00b7 Low-flow toilets and faucets that reduce water consumption by 30 percent.

1/4 u00b7 Energy-efficient mechanical systems.

1/4 u00b7 70 percent of electricity obtained from renewable sources.

1/4 u00b7 25 percent recycled steel used for building materials.

1/4 u00b7 Light-colored roof material to reflect heat and maintain cooler interior temperatures.

1/4 u00b7 Materials, paints, flooring and wall materials contain no- or low-volatile organic compounds to improve indoor air quality.

“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,” Jennifer McMillin, CSU director of sustainability, said in the news release. “Designing and operating green buildings is one of our opportunities to demonstrate our commitment to energy and water conservation.”

Washkewicz Hall is the sixth building on CSU’s campus to receive LEED certification. The others include Julka Hall (LEED Gold); Center for Innovation in Medical Professions (LEED Silver); Euclid Commons (LEED Silver); the CSU Student Center (LEED Silver); and the CSU Recreation Center (LEED Certified).

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