SU Building Goes Platinum
December 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
Let’s all give a hearty congratulations to the Hotel Skyler, Syracuse’s first LEED Platinum rated hotel!
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a point system used by the United States Green Building Council, that rates all different types of buildings. It was created in 1998 by founder and chairman Robert K. Watson, and rates everything from shopping malls and office buildings to apartment complexes and single family homes. Buildings that request to be rated will either go uncategorized and uncertified, or be ranked as “certified,” “silver,” “gold,” or “platinum”
This certification is a high honor to this relatively new hotel. “Under LEED certification version 2.2, Hotel Skyler earned 53 points — sufficient for a platinum rating — within the metrics of sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design, Sauer said” (N. Gorny, 2011, para. 8). What may be considered most impressive, however, is that until 2006 the Hotel Skyler was originally a Synagogue, which has now been reclaimed.
Not to be left out, other Syracuse and SU buildings have received LEED certifications as well. The following Syracuse University Campus buildings are seeking LEED Certifications:
- Syracuse Center of Excellence Headquarters – seeking Platinum
- Ernie Davis Residence Hall – seeking Certification
- Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center – seeking Certification
- Green Data Center – seeking Certification
- Bowne Hall – seeking Certification
- Lawrinson Hall – seeking Certification
- University Village Apartments at Colvin – seeking Certification(Courtesy of http://greenuniversecity.syr.edu/Greening_the_Orange)
The Center of Excellence received a Platinum certification earlier this fall on October 10, 2011. Ernie Davis received a Gold certification that day as well.
Various other buildings around Syracuse have received or are seeking certifications as well. Keep up the awesome work! Go Orange!