Saint Martin’s Cebula Hall earned 97 out of 100 possible points during the LEED (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) Platinum Certification process making it the highest-rated LEED certified building in the Western Hemisphere, officials at the Lacey university announced Monday.
In addition, Cebula Hall ranks third among all LEED newly constructed buildings worldwide, according to a news release.
“The university’s goal from the beginning was to earn LEED Platinum Certification for our new engineering facility, which we designed to be a teaching and learning tool, inside and out,” said Saint Martin’s president Roy Heynderickx.
He added that “a spirit of responsibility” was part of Cebula Hall from the beginning.
“As we began planning the structure, we committed ourselves to being conscientious stewards of both the environment and the funds raised for the building,” Heynderickx said.
The nearly 26,916-square-foot engineering facility features solar panels, a geothermal energy system, recycled materials and state-of-the-art interactive technology in its classrooms and labs.
Here’s a story The Olympian wrote about the building when it opened for classes last spring: http://www.theolympian.com/2013/01/18/2389827/engineering-hall-at-saint-martins.html