National Recognition for PSU Residence Hall

October 22nd, 2008 by Adam

Plymouth State University’s Langdon Woods Residential Complex is one of the nation’s top 10 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects, according to Interiors and Sources magazine. The magazine rated buildings nationwide according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System. Langdon Woods is one of the nation’s first and largest university residence halls to earn gold certification. It is one of only two collegiate buildings to make the Interiors and Sources top 10 list. Langdon Woods is the first building in New Hampshire to earn LEED gold certification.

“This residential living/learning community supports individual growth and community well-being,” according to the article. “As a learning lab for the entire campus, this building continues to cultivate an appreciation of environmental stewardship as students observe and participate in sustainable practices.”

The $29 million dollar project, which earned a gold-level certification in the LEED program, officially opened in September, 2006, following a 15 month-long construction process. The state-of-the-art project features a layout that follows the contour of the land on-site, preserving wetlands and other water elements while allowing maximum sunlight exposure for energy conservation. The brick, wood and glass building was outfitted with energy and water conserving fixtures and systems, including some waterless urinals. The building is 58 percent more energy efficient than a conventional building of similar size, saving the university nearly $250,000 a year. Heat is provided through a co-generation plant housed next door.

Bill Crangle, special assistant to the President overseeing the University’s environmental sustainability efforts, said the project is a model for future construction.

“Langdon Woods is a great example of the commitment PSU has to our environment and to environmental education,” Crangle said. “By extending a student’s education into their living room, we help them make better environmental decisions in their daily life.”

As for the living quarters, Langdon Woods offers suite-style living options as well as hotel-type single and double bedrooms, a 1,000 square-foot aerobic exercise area, a coffee shop, a common area with wireless internet access, smaller areas for students to congregate, bathrooms with more privacy, a laundry room, secure bicycle storage and a meeting/conference room. Additionally, the carpets throughout the building are recyclable and the University outfitted the rooms with furniture manufactured locally in Lisbon, N.H. The five-story high building was paid for entirely by student fees.

To view the Interior and Sources LEED list and story, go here. To learn more about PSU’s environmental sustainability and energy efficiency efforts, go here.

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