Towson University’s SECU Arena has been awarded LEED Gold certification for its innovative and efficient design. The Arena is the fifth building on campus to receive LEED certification, and the third to achieve LEED Gold.
“We’re proud to have constructed a building that is highly functional, aesthetically pleasing and 20 percent more efficient than comparable facilities,” said Joe Oster, Towson University’s vice president for Administration and Finance.
“The achievement is indicative of the university’s ongoing commitment to sustainable design and construction.”
The 117,000-square-foot arena opened in fall 2013. It was awarded LEED Gold certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, in addition to a variety of other sustainable features. By using less energy and water, the building saves money for students and taxpayers; reduces greenhouse gas emissions; and contributes to a healthier environment for students, staff, guests, athletes and the larger community.
“Building operations are nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative organizations like Towson University are addressing it through local solutions.”
The LEED Gold certification of SECU Arena was based on the following green design and construction features:
- Energy-efficient mechanical systems
- Low-emissions paint and carpeting
- Regionally-sourced and manufactured building materials
- Recycled building materials
- Reduced construction waste
- Reduced water use through efficient fixtures and landscaping
- Day lighting
- Innovative design maximizing the use of open space
- Bike storage
Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is the nation’s pre-eminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Towson University’s College of Liberal Arts and West Village Commons buildings are also LEED Gold-Certified. The university’s Douglass and Barton residential houses are LEED Silver-Certified.