Petersen Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold Status


The newly constructed Mary Louise Petersen Residence Hall, which welcomed students for the fall 2015 semester, recently received LEED certified gold status. When Petersen was built, it was anticipated to receive LEED silver status and far exceeded expectations.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. LEED measures the following areas: site/location, water, indoor air quality and materials/resources.  

Petersen met the following criteria


  • Top Soil Preservation
  • Reflective Surface Materials
  • 7 bus stops
  • Within ½ mile community
  • Existing Parking


  • Water efficient landscaping
  • Efficient plumbing fixtures reduce h20 usage by 45%
  • H20 consumption reduced by 334,600 gallons a year

Indoor Air Quality

  • Low emitting materials
  • Individual controls for mechanical/lighting
  • 75% areas outdoor view

Pollution source control

  • CO2 + occupancy sensors regulate ventilation
  • Materials/Resources
  • 51% of construction waste recycled
  • 566 tons of construction waste diverted from landfills
  • Recycled content value $1.8 million
  • 22% local materials
  • 1200SF dedicated to recycling

LEED certification means healthier, more productive places, reduced stress on the environment by encouraging energy and resource-efficient buildings, and savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs. LEED-certified buildings will directly contribute $29.8 billion to U.S. GDP by 2018.