Pharmacy Hall Addition Promotes Gold Standard

Pharmacy Hall Addition Promotes Gold StandardPharmacy Hall Addition received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Ranking ranges from certified to platinum — with gold being the second-highest ranking.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that awards points to a structure based on criteria regarding water and energy efficiency, use of sustainable materials, indoor environmental quality, and sustainable site use.

"I am thrilled that our new Pharmacy Hall has earned a gold ranking, making it one of the few education and research-intensive gold buildings located in an urban area," says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, dean of the School of Pharmacy.

The school started planning the design and construction of the building in the early 1990s estimating costs at $84 million. But in 2008, the state of Maryland mandated all new buildings be LEED-certified. The school had started implementing sustainable practices to save on costs and be an example for other new buildings on campus. The addition was built on a parking lot to recycle the existing site.

"We want to demonstrate that the environment is very important to us as an educational, research, and health care institution that shares space with area residents and businesses amid an urban setting," says Pamela Crowe, director of facilities and laboratory services at the school.

Pharmacy Hall Addition includes the following green features:

  • Storm-water management
  • Reduced urban heat island effect
  • Water-efficient landscaping
  • Bicycle racks and a shower/changing room
  • Natural lighting
  • A heat-recovery system that results in nearly 20 percent less energy use than a similar building
  • Energy-efficient lighting and controls that save approximately 84 percent in office lighting costs
  • Energy-efficient glass use for thermal separation to decrease loss of cool air in the summer and heat in the winter
  • Use of regional building materials — more than 10 percent of the materials came from within a 500-mile radius of Baltimore
  • Use of certified wood — approximately 50 percent of all wood and wood-based materials were harvested using sustainable forestry practices
  • Efficient water fixtures that allow reduction of water use by more than 47 percent compared to a similar building
  • Construction waste management — more than 90 percent of the waste generated during construction was recycled

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