A Gold for Patterson
By Megan Sexton, email@example.com, 803-777-1421
The greening of Patterson Hall has brought home the gold.
The women’s residence hall, built in 1962 and reopened in August 2011 after a major renovation, was awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
“Achieving LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for Patterson exceeds our original goal for this major renovation,” said Gene Luna, associate vice president for University Housing and Student Development. “It is a significant indicator that the University of South Carolina continues its leadership in the state and across the country for exceptional sustainability initiatives over the past 20 years.”
Patterson’s renovation included a conversion to suite-style units, all new furnishings and an updated lobby. Some important structural elements were also added such as seismic reinforcement, sprinklers for fire suppression and an upgrade to the fire detection systems.
The residence hall features a kitchen on every floor, multiple community rooms, two classrooms, laundry facilities and a cyber lounge. Among its many green features is the "WattStopper" lighting control program that allows USC Housing to set specific hours for lights to be on and off, helping to conserve more energy.
“Patterson Hall has been transformed from an outdated, inefficient dorm to an environmentally-sensitive, state of the art, fresh living and learning center,” Luna said.
The residence hall is home to 544 women, along with the University Housing offices which are located in the lower level.
Patterson is the latest USC residence hall honored with a LEED designation. Green (West) Quad, which opened in 2004, was awarded a LEED Silver rating in 2005. The Honors Residence, which opened in fall 2009, received a Gold rating in 2010.
The design of the new Darla Moore School of Business, under construction at Assembly and Greene streets, incorporates goals for earning a LEED Platinum certification and a Net-Zero rating, (meaning that it will generate as much energy as it consumes).
- LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) designation is the nationally accepted standard for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
- There are four LEED certification levels: certified, silver, gold and platinum.
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