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UVa-Wise garners LEED certification for buildings


The Hunter J. Smith Dining Commons and Commonwealth Hall, two buildings on The University of Virginia’s College at Wise campus, have received LEED certification for sustainable design by the US Green Building Council.

The latest announcement gives UVa-Wise four buildings that have received LEED certification. The Leonard Sandridge Science Center received Platinum certification, and the David J. Prior Convocation Center received Silver certification.

“UVa-Wise is committed to responsible design and construction when it comes to new or renovated buildings,” Chancellor Donna P. Henry said. “It is vital that we plan and construct facilities that meet the needs of our campus and are environmentally friendly.”

Sim Ewing, vice chancellor for finance and administration said UVa-Wise has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability by working diligently to obtain LEED certification for its capital projects.

“The certification of the Smith Dining Commons and Commonwealth Hall, along with previous certifications of the David J. Prior Convocation Center and the Leonard Sandridge Science Center show the progressive attitude the College has toward building construction,” Ewing said.

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.

For more information, contact College Relations at 276-376-1027.