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Green River CC Awarded LEED Silver Rating for New Student Building

Salish Hall
Green River’s Salish Hall has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Green River’s Salish Hall has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Salish Hall, which opened in September 2011, was built with environmentally friendly designs and materials to make it more energy and mechanically efficient. The 87,541-square-foot building was built on the site of the college’s original science buildings that were torn down to make room for Salish Hall. The building design included occupancy sensors for lighting conservation, a low volatile organic compound paint and utilizes recycled wall and flooring materials.

“Green River has a long history of strong environmental values, beginning with the first college master plan in 1964,” said President Dr. Eileen Ely. “This is a significant achievement and we are proud of the work our designers, contractors and staff have put into the development of Salish Hall.”

Developed by the USGBC in 2000, the LEED rating systems are an internationally recognized mark of excellence. The voluntary and technically rigorous LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health.

LEED-certified buildings are designed to:

  • Lower operating costs and increase asset value
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills
  • Conserve energy and water
  • Be healthier and safer for occupants
  • Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions

“Our effort to achieve LEED certification began in 2007 when the Salish Hall project team began envisioning a design for replacement of the old social science and business complex,” said Director of Capital Projects Sam Ball. “The entire team worked very hard to create a student and community friendly building that is also environmentally sound.”

While Salish Hall is Green River’s first building to be LEED certified, three other buildings incorporate energy and environmental design components. These elements include the integration of natural daylight, recycled wall coverings, carpeting and thermally insulated windows.

In addition to the LEED Silver rating, Salish Hall was named to the Northwest Construction Consumer Council (NWCCC) 2011 Distinguished Project Award list. The Distinguished Project Awards program recognizes excellence in the design and construction of projects completed by NWCCC members during the prior year.

Salish Hall is part of Green River’s Facilities Master Plan, which is designed to improve the college’s capital facilities in order to best serve students and community members. Currently underway is the renovation of the Science, Math and Technology building which was originally built in 1974. New construction will produce a structurally sound building that will improve accessibility and energy efficiency and consolidate program departments. Future capital projects include the replacement of the Trades and Industry complex and a new Student Life building.