The university’s elegant new Welcome Center officially opened its doors for business on March 22. Construction on the building began in December 2009 and was completed in February of this year. The design firm, Lambert Architecture + Interiors, designed the building to exceed the university’s minimum green building standards by designing to LEED Gold specifications.
Some of the building’s many sustainable features include:
- Low-VOC materials used throughout the interior of the space
- Regionally sourced materials: Over 30 percent of the construction material (by cost) was sourced within 500 miles of the building site
- FSC-Certified wood
- Materials reuse: restored historic lighting fixtures from original Reynolda Campus buildings were used in some rooms to lend a sense of history and keep the fixtures out of landfills
- Recycling: The general contractor was able to divert nearly 90% of the waste generated during construction from the landfill for recycling and reuse