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Aug. 6, 2013

Antioch College’s North Hall Becomes One of Oldest LEED Gold Buildings Worldwide

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

North Hall, one of Antioch College’s three original buildings, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt made the announcement last week.

The Antioch College Board of Trustees approved the $5.7 million, state-of-the-art North Hall renovation project in October 2011. The project was based on plans submitted by Pittsburgh architecture firm MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni. It added new singles for resident hall advisors, a total of 49 new doubles (98 beds) for students, a full-service kitchen, larger bathrooms, lounges and common areas, and a new elevator. The renovation project was completed in early October 2012.

The green features that helped the building achieve LEED Gold certification include low-flow plumbing fixtures, lighting controls, low VOC materials, improvements to the building’s envelope and more. A solar PV power plant on the roof supplies the building with electric energy, while a state-of-the-art system based on geothermal energy is used to heat and cool it.

The dormitory was constructed in 1853 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In a press release, the college said North Hall is now the second-oldest building in the world to achieve LEED certification at any level in the new construction and major renovations category, and the second oldest to achieve LEED Gold certification in that category. The USGBC recently published a list of some of the oldest LEED-certified buildings in the world. The oldest in the United States is the Fay House at Harvard University, built in 1807, while the oldest building in the world is a Venetian Gothic palazzo constructed in 1453.

“Restoring one of our original campus buildings was an incredibly important, symbolic win for us as we continue to rebuild this college,” said Roosevelt in a statement for the press. “Achieving LEED Gold certification for North Hall is a superb accomplishment and is certainly one of the larger milestones in our rebirth. Not only does it exhibit our deep commitment to providing our students with excellent facilities, but it also demonstrates our unreserved dedication to sustainability in both education and practice.”

Photo credits: Antioch College

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