Prior Center earns LEED Silver certification


The David J. Prior Convocation Center at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has been awarded LEED Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council.

The Prior Center is the second LEED certified building on the UVa-Wise campus. The Leonard Sandridge Science Center earned LEED Platinum certification.

The LEED program, an initiative of the USGBC, stands for leadership in energy and environmental design, and focuses on encouraging a sustainable approach to building design, construction and operation. The LEED program has five main categories in which points toward certification may be earned for new construction and major renovations.

“UVa-Wise has a deep commitment to responsible design, construction and renovation,” Chancellor Donna P. Henry said. “An important part of the commitment is to plan and construct facilities that ensure the sustainability of the campus physical plant. Quality planning is especially critical as our College continues its transformation toward new and renovated buildings and facilities that will improve the overall campus experience.”

The Prior Center, which seats 3,000 for sporting events and more for concerts and other events, is the largest single capital project in the College’s history. The architect for the building was VMDO Architects from Charlottesville, Va. The contractor was Quesenberry’s Inc., of Big Stone Gap, Va.