The Collins College of Hospitality Management’s new expansion recently received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council.
LEED Gold is a designation that recognizes best-in-class practices for building design and construction. Building 80 is the first academic building on campus to receive the designation. The university’s fitness center, the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex, commonly known as the BRIC, also recently received LEED Gold certification.
“Being able to achieve LEED Gold certification is an indication of how serious The Collins College is dedicated to its social commitment to the environment,” says Project Manager Andrew Naranjo. “At the same time, we are contributing to Cal Poly Pomona’s climate commitment and sustainability practices.”
The $10 million expansion, which opened to students at the start of spring quarter, features two distinctly named wings, The Marriott Learning Center and The Donald & Carolyn Lundberg Hall.
The facility features shaded areas that produce cooler environments and LED lighting to reduce energy consumption. Other sustainability efforts include restoration of half the project site by replanting the native flora, the incorporation of natural lighting into the design, and the use of water efficient fixtures.
Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points for addressing sustainability issues at all phases of development. One of four LEED certification rating levels is awarded to the project based on the number of points achieved: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
“The Collins College is honored to be recognized for this incredible achievement,” says Dean Lea Dopson. “Our commitment to sustainability throughout the expansion project aligns with The Collins College’s mission and core values. Thanks to efficient collaboration with HMC Architects, Gilbane Building Company, and Cal Poly Pomona’s Facilities Planning, Design and Construction Department, our vision of constructing a state-of-the-art center of excellence that is resource efficient and environmentally friendly has become a reality.”
To learn more about the expansion project, visit The Collins College website.