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. The Wake Forest Green Building Policy can be found here.
Environmentally Preferable Construction
Starting in 2007, Wake Forest implemented a policy that all buildings must be designed and built to meet a minimum of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards. Here is the list of LEED-certified buildings at Wake Forest:
- Dianne Dailey Golf Education Center was the first building on campus to receive LEED certification in the Fall of 2010. The education center earned LEED Gold certification.
- South Hall, a first-year residence hall, received LEED Gold certification in May 2011.
- Porter B. Byrum Welcome Center received LEED Gold certification in July 2011.
- The Barn, an on-campus social venue, received LEED Silver certification in April 2012.
- Farrell Hall is the new home for the Wake Forest University School of Business. Farrell Hall received LEED Gold certification in February 2016.
- Dogwood Residence Hall received LEED Silver certification in January 2015.
- Magnolia Residence Hall also received LEED Silver certification in January 2015.
- North Dining Hall received LEED Silver certification in February 2015.
- Wake Downtown received LEED Platinum certification in April 2017.
- Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education received LEED Platinum certification in April 2017.
- Angelou Residence Hall received LEED Silver certification in January 2019.
- Reynolds Gym received LEED Gold certification in March 2020.
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 showerheads, 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.
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