Continued: Honors Residence
“This truly is a live-learn-work-play building,” he said. “It is breaking down the barriers between classroom and social engagement.”
Pastides recognized Ning Yuan, chairman and president of China Construction America, and Garvin Design Group’s Scott Garvin, principal in charge, and Mark Timbes, principal project manager, for their work and leadership in the green design and construction of the Honors Residence.
He highlighted the building’s green features, ranging from energy savings and water consumption to the recycling of the bluestone and veil block from the “Towers” residence halls that were razed in order to build the Honors Residence.
He also said the university is seeking Gold-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the building.
“This is the first building to be built at Gold LEED certification criteria,” Pastides said. “The university made a commitment that every building will be built to LEED standards. It’s not easy, and it’s not inexpensive. But it is better for the inhabitants.”