Coppin State University’s Science and Technology Center Awarded Prestigious LEED Gold CertificationPublished Friday, July 21st, 2017
Coppin State Science building gets LEED GOLD status
Baltimore, MD – Coppin State University announced today that the campus’ Science and Technology Center has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) GOLD Certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost green building certification program used worldwide. LEED provides a framework for project teams to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings.
Coppin State University’s focus on preparing students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) led to the development of a new- state-of-the-art facility. The $83 million Science and Technology Center (STC) was dedicated in October of 2015, and has contributed greatly to the academic life of the campus and increased opportunities for students to excel in STEM learning. The building provides hi-tech classrooms and learning environments, research laboratories, a greenhouse, green roof, and data center.
Projects achieving LEED certification have earned points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The sustainable design strategies utilized during the development of the STC have achieved Gold Certification status for Coppin’s facility. Sustainable strategies that Coppin’s design team pursued included sustainable site design, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation.