The Residences at 7th Awarded LEED Platinum Certification
The Residences at 7th, Southwestern's new, on-campus student housing community, has been awarded LEED® Platinum certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. Certification recognizes the implementation of practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The Residences at 7th, a living-learning village located at 3041 7th Street in Los Angeles, is a brand new, 133-unit housing complex that has transformed the law school's urban campus. The project principals working with the Southwestern team included Corsini Stark Architects, Symphony Development and MATT Construction.
"We really knew as we began campus master planning that we wanted to 'go green' in our future campus developments," said Janice Manis, Chief Operating Officer at Southwestern. "We knew that going green was the wave of the future and so crucial for Southwestern to design in this way to be a progressive and responsible member of the community."
Focus groups of students, faculty and staff provided feedback that reinforced Southwestern's environmentally-conscious approach. These groups shared ideas that included the implementation of recycling, energy efficiency appliances, water use reduction and natural building products.
"We worked hard to make this a healthy, sustainable and livable home for our students," said James C. Camp, Assistant Dean for Property Administration and Development at Southwestern. "This certification demonstrates just one of the many ways that the beauty of this project is more than skin-deep."
Corsini Stark Architects facilitated the project team's education by connecting with other academic institutions that were using green technologies. "Right from the start during the campus master planning phase, we introduced sustainable design concepts to the school through experts from both the California State and University of California systems who have been at the forefront of implementing these practices," Anthony Stark said. "We reviewed both campus-wide technologies as well as specific concepts for the graduate housing project. Our student focus groups also reiterated the importance of energy efficient living and helped keep our focus on sustainable thinking throughout the development and construction phases of the project."
The Residences at 7th earned the Platinum LEED rating both for green construction practices as well as elements in the finished project, such as proximity to public transit systems, site waste management and recycling, offsite fabrication during construction, reduced irrigation, and high efficiency plumbing, lighting fixtures and appliances.
"Southwestern Law School's Residences at 7th LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Residences at 7th serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish."
LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 44,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 10.3 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 135 countries.
Manis added, "Achieving this certification represents the essence of Southwestern as an institution - to make a positive daily difference for the law school and the broader Los Angeles community."
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Since USGBC's founding in 1993, USGBC has grown to more than 18,000 member companies and organizations and a comprehensive suite of LEED green building certification systems. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations all sharing USGBC commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Visit www.usgbc.org for more information.
About LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is a third-party certification system for building and designing high-performance green homes that are energy-and-resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants. Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education. Visit www.usgbc.org/homes for more information.