Penn State's Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building wins additional national green awards
The Pennsylvania State University has recently received two accolades for successfully completing the construction of a green building on the Berks campus. Administrators at the university dedicated efforts toward promoting the idea of sustainable design and decreasing energy expenses, which are typically high, to the running of the building.
The Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building was granted that Silver Award by the Construction Owners Association of America from its Project Leadership Award Program. Weeks later, the school received the news that is had been awarded the Project Achievement Award at the Construction Management Association of America's 2012 national conference.
Both organizations not only awarded the school these honors because of the energy efficiency of the project, but also because construction was completed three months ahead of schedule and under budget.
"We couldn’t be more satisfied with the quality of work that went into constructing the Gaige Building," said Kim Berry, chief operating officer, Penn State Berks. "Receiving two national awards such as these is no small feat, and every member of the project team should be honored to receive them."
The building was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-level certification, which was established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. The Gaige features nine new classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art communication technologies, nine new computer labs, dedicated laboratory space, 50 new faculty offices, a café, a lecture hall, a kitchen area, design studio, student study areas and an installation by world-renowned sculptor Ray King.
Dedicated to education its students, the university has managed to further bring home the important of energy efficient design in this modern age.
The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an Energy-Regional Innovation Cluster that intended to promote the integration of green energy technology into commercial building design. The organization focuses on bringing sustainable solutions to Pennsylvania, because EEB Hub is located in Philadelphia.