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FAU and SchenkelShultz Architecture Announce Davie West Building LEED® Gold Certification

DAVIE, FL (October 5, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University and SchenkelShultz Architecture announced that FAU’s recently-opened $24.5 million Davie West Building received the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification.

“The entire University community can be proud of Davie West’s LEED gold designation, particularly given the challenges of building sustainable facilities in South Florida’s hot-humid climate. It is fitting that this building, which provides educational and research space for the University is in itself a testament to FAU’s commitment to stewardship of place.” said Anthony Abbate, associate provost, FAU Broward campuses and USGBC LEED® accredited architect. 

Funded entirely by Public Education Capital Outlay allocations from the Florida Legislature, the 75,000-square-foot joint-use facility at FAU’s Davie campus is shared by FAU and the University of Florida. Promoting environmental quality and resource conservation through sustainable design, green architecture and recycling, the building is home to FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. It houses faculty offices for both of FAU’s colleges, classrooms, including a 100-person tiered classroom, and state-of-the-art labs for Everglades restoration and environmental science for both FAU and UF. The signature four-story building on the west side of the Davie campus provides the university with a new, urban identity while unifying the east and west sections of campus.

The facility achieved gold certification through the innovative use of sustainable principles, including encouraged use of alternate transportation with dedicated parking for fuel efficient vehicles and convenient access to public transportation, efficient plumbing fixtures and water-efficient landscaping, efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and electrical systems that include a process of enhanced commissioning of the building service systems. In addition, the building provides healthy interior spaces with low volatile organic compound-emitting materials. Additionally, tons of construction waste were diverted from landfills by recycling efforts during construction.


About SchenkelShultz :
Ranked for the second consecutive year as the #1 Education Facilities Architect among ENR Southeast magazine’s 2010 Top Design Firms, SchenkelShultz is a leader in Higher Education design and has also designed more than 34 million square feet of K-12 projects in Florida. The firm’s sustainable design portfolio also includes:  Stetson University’s Lynn Business Center, the first LEED®-Certified building in the state of Florida; the LEED®-Gold Certified Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University, the first LEED®-Gold Certified College of Nursing in the United States. Also ranked 41st largest among Architectural Record magazine’s Top 250 Architectural Firms, SchenkelShultz is celebrating 53 years of design excellence as a full-service architectural firm specializing in education, justice, aviation and commercial facilities design.  With eleven offices nationally (seven in Florida) and 18 LEED® Accredited Professionals, SchenkelShultz is a recognized leader in green design that is committed to incorporating sustainable concepts into every project.

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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