The Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) at CSULB received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
“It is the first certified green building for the university and that’s significant because it shows the campus’ commitment to sustainability and sustainable design and green building practices,” said Paul Wingco, CSULB’s energy and sustainability manager.
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification demonstrating that a building or community was built using strategies in five key areas of human and environmental health—sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Gold is the second highest level.
The SRWC is a $61 million, 126,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2010 to provide a variety of recreation and fitness equipment and programs for CSULB students as well as membership opportunities for employees and alumni.
Its environmentally friendly elements start with the use of pulverized asphalt from Parking Lot 11 beneath the building’s foundation. The center uses reclaimed water for irrigation, waterless urinals, energy efficient lighting, recycled lumber, and new technologies such as biometric scanners to decrease paper waste and save on utility costs.
CSULB also is seeking certification of the Horn Center building, whose renovations follow LEED standards.