Wake Forest moved to its current home on the Reynolda Campus in 1956. The majority of existing campus buildings were constructed in those early days. These fifty-year-old facilities are kept running through investments in energy-efficiency and renovations that benefit the environment and the university’s bottom line. Today, the Reynolda campus includes approximately 345 acres of land and 3.5 million gross square feet of building space.

Environmentally Preferable Construction

Starting in 2007, Wake Forest implemented a policy that all buildings — including new construction and major renovations — must be designed and built to meet a minimum of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards.

Preserving and retrofitting buildings on campus saves between 50-75% of the embodied materials, energy, and equivalent carbon. Through renovation and retrofitting, the six residence halls on Hearn Plaza now use 24% less energy and 42% less water. Low-flow shower heads, faucets, and toilets and LED lights all contribute to these efficiency gains.

While the addition of signature buildings like Farrell Hall, the Shah Basketball Complex, and the Sutton Sports Performance Center has resulted in over 800,000 square feet of new building space, a total of 52 renovation projects totaling over 600,000 square feet have optimized existing buildings for new needs. Whenever possible, buildings on campus are retrofitted rather than built new.

LEED Certified Buildings at Wake Forest

Farrell Hall, the home for Wake Forest’s school of business, achieved LEED Gold Certification in February 2016. Farrell Hall is one of 21 buildings owned or leased by Wake Forest that have achieved LEED certification. View the entire list below.
BuildingLEED CertificationDate CertifiedWFU CampusOwned or Leased
Dianne Dailey Golf Education Center
(First building to receive LEED certification)
LEED GoldFall 2010 Reynolda Owned
South HallLEED GoldMay 2011Reynolda Owned
Porter B. Byrum Welcome CenterLEED GoldJuly 2011Reynolda Owned
University Activity SpaceLEED Silver April 2012Reynolda Owned
Farrell HallLEED GoldFebruary 2016ReynoldaOwned
Dogwood Residence HallLEED SilverJanuary 2015ReynoldaOwned
Magnolia Residence HallLEED SilverJanuary 2015ReynoldaOwned
North Dining HallLEED SilverFebruary 2015ReynoldaOwned
Haddock House
(WFU Golf Clubhouse)
LEED SilverOctober 2017ReynoldaOwned
McCreary Field HouseLEED SilverMay 2018ReynoldaOwned
Angelou Residence HallLEED SilverJanuary 2019ReynoldaOwned
Chris Hurd Player Development Center
(WFU Baseball Clubhouse)
LEED SilverDecember 2019ReynoldaOwned
Reynolds GymLEED GoldMarch 2020ReynoldaOwned
Sutton Sports Performance CenterLEED SilverMay 2020ReynoldaOwned
Shah Basketball ComplexLEED SilverJune 2020ReynoldaOwned
Harold Pollard Center
(WFU Tennis Courtside Club)
LEED SilverSeptember 2021ReynoldaOwned
Palmer and Piccolo
(Home to the ENV & ANT programs)
LEED Silver January 2022ReynoldaOwned
Wake Forest Biotech PlaceLEED GoldSeptember 2012Wake DowntownLeased
525 @ Vine (Building 90 South)LEED PlatinumJanuary 2014Wake DowntownLeased
Wake Downtown (Building 60 South)LEED PlatinumApril 2017Wake DowntownLeased
Bowman Gray Center for
Medical Education
(Building 60 North)
LEED PlatinumApril 2017Wake DowntownLeased
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