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FAU’s University Faculty & Staff Club and Dining Hall Receive LEED® Platinum Certification from U.S. Green Building Council

Project is First Platinum-Level LEED Commercial Interior in Florida

BOCA RATON, FL (November 21, 2011) – The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® Platinum certification to Florida Atlantic University’s Faculty and Staff Club and Dining Hall located in the College of Engineering and Computer Science building.  This space includes University Faculty & Staff Club, the Atrium and Atrium Patio, and The DiVinci Room. Designed by Emilio Lebolo III, vice president of Gallo Herbert Lebolo and constructed by James A. Cummings, Inc., this is the first Platinum-Level LEED Certified Commercial Interior project in Florida and the 10th Platinum certified project in Florida overall.

“FAU’s newest LEED certified project demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council.  “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and FAU serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish."

LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.  The certification was based on a number of green design and construction features — including site selection, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environment, and innovation and design — that positively impact the project itself and the broader community.

“FAU Dining Services has always been committed to sustainability, from tray-less dining and food waste reduction education to cage-free eggs and ocean-friendly seafood,” said Stacy Volnick, assistant vice president for financial affairs and University business services at FAU.  “Achieving this LEED certification just takes our commitment to the environment to an even higher level.  This is a beautiful space and making it available to the community for rentals will showcase a truly eco-friendly facility.”

In 2009, the American School and University Magazine awarded the dining facilities “Outstanding Design: Work in Progress for the 2009 Architectural Portfolio.”  The space was designed to reflect the natural elements through architecture. 

FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science building received LEED Platinum certification in August 2011 and was the first academic building in southeast Florida to achieve this status.  Other FAU LEED certified buildings include the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Davie West and Pine Jog Environmental Education Center. 

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About Florida Atlantic University:
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 www.fau.edu.

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