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Posted by Michelle Jones at 10:57AM
Peggy Ryan Williams Center: LEED Platinum

Leardership in Energy and Environmental Design

The Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise opened in spring 2008 and was one of the first 100 buildings in the world to receive platinum LEED certification. Platinum is the highest rating a building can achieve under LEED standards. Not long after the Business School received its LEED platinum certification the Peggy Ryan William Center was built, and received its platinum certification in late 2010.

These buildings have come equipped with new technologies that students, staff, and maintenance crews have had to adapt to and learn to use. Along with LEED certification, there needs to be education about how occupants can work with the building. In the Peggy Ryan Williams Center, facilities staff has had to learn about the ground source heating system that they had no previous experience with, as well as the outside air ventilation system that is also new technology.

Along with the building itself being sustainable, the facilities department has been working toward implementing operational best practices to make sure that everything about the building is sustainable. Lisa Belokur, Director of Facilities Services, has implemented microfiber cloths for cleaning instead of disposable wipes and water cleaning technology using the Ionator.

With these new technologies there have been some challenges to overcome, but with the help of the occupants and facilities staff, we will hopefully have these buildings running as efficient as possible.

Patricia Santelli '12
Environmental Science
Energy Management Intern

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