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LEED Certification

What is LEED?

LEED EmblemLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the authoritative standard for green design developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000. LEED evaluates project details within six categories, offering credits for sustainable design features in each: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design Process. Projects which achieve a certain number of credits may receive LEED certification. LEED certification is surprisingly flexible. There are a certain number of prerequisites necessary to receive certification, but there are many credits from which to pick and chose in order to construct a LEED building. There are four levels of certified buildings: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The more credits earned through sustainable construction and building sustainability, the higher the recognition and certification.

History of LEED at Bowdoin

  • December 2003: Bowdoin makes a commitment to apply for LEED certification for all new campus buildings.

  • August 2005: Bowdoin opens the doors of Osher and West residence halls, each approximately 35,000 square feet and house 80 students per building. The project cost approximately $14.3 million. In 2006 both buildings received Silver LEED certification by the U. S. Green building Council. 
    : Kyu Sung Woo Architects - Cambridge, MA 
    Barr & Barr, Inc. - Framingham, MA

  • January 2009: The hockey teams skated their first games on their new home ice at the Sidney J. Watson Arena in January 2009. The new 70,520 square foot ice arena is adjacent to Farley Field House and has a seating capacity of 1,900. It features a 90-ft. by 200-ft. ice surface and greatly improved locker rooms with more space for changing, equipment storage, athletic offices, and training facilities. The combination of a concourse area and seating in the interior provides great views and proximity to the action. Its designers say it has the best and most energy efficient refrigeration system, dehumidification system, seating design and home team accommodations of any Division III collegiate arena. In July 2009 Watson Arena was awarded LEED certification by the U. S. Green Building Council making it the first newly constructed LEED-certified hockey arena in the country.
    Architect: Bear Mountain Design Collaborative, Ltd. - Woodstock, VT
    Contractor: Pro Con, Inc. - Manchester, NH

  • September 2009: The Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness opened Tuesday, September 22, 2009, ushering in a new era of wellness at Bowdoin. The 44,659 square feet facility boasts new locker rooms, cardiovascular fitness and weight machines on the ground floor. The lower level adds free weights and rowing machines. The athletic offices formerly on the west end of Morrell Gym have relocated to the Buck Center's second floor, where they are, for the first time, under one roof. The second floor also includes multipurpose spaces for classes and meetings.  The third floor of the Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness is the new home of healthcare services formerly housed at Dudley Coe Health Center. The project was award Silver LEED certification by the U. S. Green Building Council.
    Architect: Cambridge Seven Architects - Cambridge, MA
    Contractor: Barr & Barr, Inc. - Framingham, MA