Pacific Lutheran University is currently in the process of remodeling and reconstructing multiple buildings throughout campus. The goal: for each building to obtain a LEED Rating of Gold. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized certification system designed to determine whether or not buildings are considered green or sustainable. Put forth by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED uses strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics including energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. The ratings are broken down into Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum on a multiple point scale. Within the rating system, buildings and institutions are graded on sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation & design process. For more information on LEED certification and ratings, please visit the USGBC website.
Anderson University Center
Project ID: 10067692
Site Name: PLU University Center
Date: May 5th 2008
Certificate Level: LEED Silver
Following the completion of the 2006-2007 academic year, the Anderson University Center underwent construction renovations. Home to campus’ Dining Services, Hospitality, Residential Life, and multiple other departments, the AUC building took strides to becoming USGBC LEED Certified. On May 5, 2008, the AUC earned LEED Silver ratings, becoming the third building on campus to LEED ranked by the USGBC.
Eastvold Hall Renovation Phase II
Project ID: 1000020483
Site Name: Eastvold Hall Renovation Phase II
Certificate Level: In Progress
Karen Hille Phillips Center Studio Theatre
Project ID: 10003096
Site Name: Philips Center Studio Theater
Certificate Level: Platinum
Martin J. Neeb Center
Project ID: 10003673
Site Name: KPLU
Type: New Construction
Date: November 18, 2009
Certificate Level: LEED Gold
The Neeb Center is currently home to the campus’ Office of Advancement, as well as the KNKX radio station 88.5. In addition, students can find that the building is designed to meet multiple communication and broadcasting needs. In 2009, the Neeb Center was awarded a Gold LEED rating by the USGBC shortly after construction.
Morken Center for Learning and Technology
The Morken Building or the Morken Center for Learning and Technology is home to the School of Business and to the Division of Natural Sciences’ Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics, and Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA Program. On July 31, 2006, the Morken Building was given a Gold rating by the USGBC, joining only the Neeb Center to be given a Gold building rating here on campus.
Facility Action Plans
PLU is also working to upgrade its other buildings on campus. Below is a list of documents detailing some of these plans.