In January 2019, the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education achieved Gold LEED Certification status.
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Center for Veterans in Higher Education: LEED Gold (Completed)
- Business Instructional Facility: LEED Platinum
- Illinois Fire Service Institute: LEED Silver
- Yeh Student Center: LEED Silver
- Lincoln Hall Renovation: LEED Platinum
- Bousfield Hall: LEED Platinum
- CERL Main Building Addition: LEED Silver
- Center for Veterans in Higher Education: LEED Gold
- Chemistry Annex Renovation and Addition: LEED Gold
- Electrical and Computer Engineering Building: LEED Platinum
- Everitt Laboratory Renovation: LEED Gold
- Football Performance Center: LEED Silver
- Huff Hall, Khan Annex: LEED Silver
- Ikenberry Dining Hall: LEED Silver
- Illinois Conference Center Expansion: LEED Silver
- Illinois Natural History Survey: LEED Silver
- Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL): LEED Silver
- NCSA Petascale: LEED Gold
- Natural History Building: LEED Gold
- Nugent Hall: LEED Silver
- Siebel Center for Design: LEED Gold
- State Farm Center: LEED Gold
- Surveying Building: LEED Gold
- Wassaja Hall: LEED Gold
The Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education was awarded LEED Gold Certification on January 29, 2019. The project achieved 60 out of 110 total points on the LEED v2009 BD+C: New Construction scorecard, giving it Gold status. Along with sustainability, a major focus of the Veterans Center is occupant comfort. 12 of 15 points were achieved in the Indoor Environmental Quality category for strategies taken including optimal daylighting and views, thermal comfort design and verification, and individual controls of lighting and thermal comfort systems. Additionally, this LEED project implemented indoor chemical and pollution source control, outdoor air delivery monitoring, and low emitting materials. The mechanical ventilation and conditioning systems of this building are in compliance with the ASHRAE 55-2004 standards. The LEED scorecard can be viewed in the project posting in the USGBC Directory or below in Related Files.
The Veterans Center was designed to be a welcoming space for all student veterans to connect and study in a comfortable setting, so optimal indoor environmental quality was aimed for. The project includes a large lounge for interaction and an ADA compliant kitchen on the first floor for cooking dinners and teaching. Other features include a counseling wing, fourteen residential units that accommodate disabilities, and a gym.
Sustainability goals that were achieved in the Veterans Center include:
- Low-emitting materials that comply with VOC limits were used for all paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, and flooring systems.
- 100% of nonroof hardscape surfaces exceed a minimum solar reflectivity index (SRI) of 29.
- Alternative transportation access: no new individual parking spaces were created for the building, and it is in close proximity to multiple bus stops.
- Indoor potable water use was reduced by 27% with automatic sensor faucets. Outdoor water use was eliminated within 18 months of construction with water efficient native landscaping.
- An energy cost savings of 17% as well as enhanced commissioning.
- Refrigerant management: no refrigerants are present in any of the HVAC or fire suppression systems.
- A two-year purchase agreement for green power for 36% of the building through renewable energy certificates (RECs).
- 20% of building materials are recycled, and 37% are local and have been extracted within 500 miles.
- The project has been designed to minimize occupant exposure to hazardous chemical pollutants and particulates.
- Lighting and thermal controls are installed for 100% of building occupants and 100% of multi-occupant spaces.
- 87% of regularly occupied spaces have daylighting and 95% have direct outdoor views for optimal occupant comfort.
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Primary Contact:Thomas Keller
Project Leader:Mark Roessler (Project Manager) & Charlie Saville (Project Manager - WMA Consulting Engineers)
- Armando Tobias (Architect)
- Brian Huckstep (Commissioning Agent)
- Cynthia Cope
Proposed March 14, 2012Proposed by University of IllinoisStarted September 1, 2012Completed January 29, 2019Completed by USGBC