UDC’s new student center earns LEED Platinum certification

The University of the District of Columbia's student center, shown under construction in late 2015, is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. (Brian Kapur/Current file photo)

The University of the District of Columbia’s new student center building has earned LEED Platinum certification, the highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The $63 million building was completed last year at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street NW.

According to a news release, the center’s eco-friendly features include solar panels, an expansive rain garden, exterior sun shades and insulated glazing on windows, toilets that flush with captured rainwater, and materials that are locally sourced, reclaimed and recycled. The 96,000-square-foot building is also topped with a 14,000-square-foot green roof to reduce heating and cooling needs.

“Our Student Center is the centerpiece of a ten-year, campus-wide effort to create innovative spaces that establish the University as a national model of sustainability,” Erik Thompson, the school’s vice president of facilities and real estate, said in the release.

The national “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” standards give points for certification based on seven categories, including water efficiency, materials and resources, and innovation in design.