Albright College's science center certified by US Green Building Council

Renovated, expanded building awarded LEED silver certification

READING, Pa. - The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Albright College's renovated and expanded science center its LEED silver certification.

LEED is the preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The $34.5 million science center project, begun on the Reading campus in 2008, included construction of new labs and classrooms and the renovation of the Merner-Pfeiffer Hall of Science, which was built in 1929 and expanded and renovated in 1965.

The new four-story Trustee Hall wraps the west and north sides of the original building.

"Sustainability is a very important and highly visible portion of the college's physical plant," said Kevin Gaffney, director of facilities. "All of us at Albright are extremely proud of this recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council."

The science center achieved LEED certification for a number of green design and construction features, including bicycle storage, designated parking spaces for compact cars and hybrids, landscaping that reduced water use by 50 percent and increased ventilation, officials said.

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