The Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine’s 63,000-square-foot addition, opened last March, has been awarded LEED Silver® certification for its environmentally friendly design. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
“The Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine West Addition is Hofstra University’s first LEED certified building on campus,” said Richard S. Leddy, Director of Design, Construction and Engineering at Hofstra. “Hofstra’s project team worked closely with our architect, HLW International; design engineering firm, Cameron Engineering; and contractor, EW Howell, to achieve this prestigious certification. Having an eco-friendly building is a win-win for the students, Hofstra faculty and administration, as well as our local community.”
The new building incorporates environmentally conscious standards that will reduce its carbon footprint, keeping in line with Hofstra’s core tenet of sustainability. It achieved LEED certification by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in the following categories: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The School of Medicine building project was planned and constructed to achieve LEED Silver® certification. Key design and construction elements of the building include water efficient landscaping, motion-sensored hallway lighting, enhanced indoor air quality, and a location that is accessible via alternative transportation (public transportation access and bicycle storage). Hofstra is the only private college on Long Island that has a LEED Silver® certified building.
“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The work of innovative building projects such as the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine’s building addition is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”