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Andrews Hall nets LEED Gold certification from U.S. Green Building Council

Morehead State University’s Andrews Hall has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“The effort to earn LEED Gold Certification shows MSU’s dedication to sustainability,” said President Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan. “Not only will the college save money, there are operational benefits to earning certification.”

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the United States.

Andrews Hall, which opened in Oct. 2016, was built on the site of the former Regents and Wilson Halls. At a cost of $28 million, the new hall provides space for 550 residents. It provides suite style rooms, student/study meeting areas, and will have Wi-Fi connectivity throughout.

Sherman Carter Barnhart of Lexington designed the building.

The residence hall was funded with institutional bonds paid by rental fees from residents.

State legislation requires all state-funded institutions to pursue LEED certification. In LEED’s certification grading, 40 points earns basic certification, 50 silver, 60 gold, and 80 platinum. Andrews Hall totaled 68 points.

“The LEED certifications for Andrews Hall demonstrates MSU’s continuing commitment to sustainability,” said Holly Niehoff, sustainability and safety specialist.

Additional information is available by contacting Shayla Menville-Ring, Office of Facilities Management marketing and communication manager, at 606-783-5281.