IUP Residential Revival Honored by Green Building Alliance

Posted on 10/12/2018 8:06:51 AM
Tom and Lenny

From left: Tom Borellis, recently retired special assistant for Special Projects to the vice president for Administration and Finance at IUP, and Leonard Kasubick, facilities manager for the Foundation for IUP, with the plaque for IUP’s Residential Revival project.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Residential Revival—the $245-million project to replace its residence halls with suite-style buildings that include living-learning communities—was honored by the Green Building Alliance as one of 25 projects that have significantly advanced the region’s green building movement.

Awardees, who were honored during the Alliance’s 25th anniversary event in Pittsburgh, were selected for verified innovation in design and maintenance across a diversity of sectors, building types, and project scales.

IUP is among honorees that include the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the US Steel Tower.

“IUP’s Residential Revival transformed the living and learning environment for our campus, and it continues to reflect our commitment to sustainability and to creating innovative spaces,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said. “IUP is honored to be recognized by the Green Building Alliance for our work.”

IUP’s Residential Revival was completed in fall 2010. The new buildings include Andrew W. Stephenson Hall, Susan S. Delaney Hall, Donna D. Putt Hall, Gealy W. Wallwork Hall, MG Rodney D. Ruddock Hall, the Suites on Maple East, the Suites on Pratt, and the Northern Suites. There is space for a total of 3,548 students in these buildings.

The buildings are owned by the Foundation for IUP, a nonprofit entity that promotes and supports the educational purposes of IUP and is managed by the university.

All of the new buildings reflect a special academic or cocurricular theme, most with clusters or floors for students with common interests or majoring in specific disciplines.

The project was honored beginning in September 2012 with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the US Green Building Certification Institute.

LEED certification recognizes buildings that meet US Green Building Certification Institute standards for buildings and building design that improve energy savings, water efficiency, and outdoor environmental quality; reduce carbon dioxide emissions; and reflect innovative design.

The Green Building Alliance advances innovation in the built environment by empowering people to create environmentally, economically and socially vibrant places. It serves 26 counties in western Pennsylvania.