The Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise, the innovative home of the Ithaca College School of Business, is a top-to-bottom, real-world example of environmental stewardship that incorporates the highest principles of sustainable design and practice.
With its focus on principles of sustainability, collaboration, and innovation, the building is a teaching tool that brings to life the lessons of sustainable practices delivered by the school's forward-looking curriculum.
Before the first beam was laid, architects, contractors, and interior designers worked to ensure they had minimized waste, included building materials from the nearby region whenever possible, and utilized natural elements such as solar energy and natural heat exchange.
The building was among the first 100 in the world to receive platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, the highest level granted by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is also the first of two buildings on campus with platinum status, as the Peggy Ryan Williams Center earned the designation in late 2010.