In the LEED: Melrose Commons, Holy Wisdom Monastery, Willow Creek Center


On a weekly basis, we probably hear about 5-10 projects receiving some form of LEED certification and they certainly deserve some sort of recognition.  So we're going to publish "In the LEED" every so often to share a little bit about what's going on in the industry.  Of course, we'll also take some time to showcase LEED projects on a more thorough basis, so stay tuned. In the mean time, check these four projects out.  Some impressive work …

LEED-ND Stage II Silver: Melrose Commons


Melrose Commons is the first neighborhood in the state of New York to receive this level of certification in the Neighborhood Development program.  Due to efforts by local neighborhood groups and Magnusson Architecture and Planning, the area has undergone redevelopment while preserving some buildings and keeping existing residents in the area.

LEED Platinum: Holy Wisdom Monastery

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The Benedictine Women of Madison's Holy Wisdom Monastery recently received LEED Platinum, earning 63 of 69 points.  It's the most points of any LEED-NC 2.2 certified building to date.  The monastery is expected to use 60% less energy and 40% less indoor water.  In addition, 30% of the materials was sourced locally and 20% was recycled.

LEED Platinum: Willow Creek Center Portland Community College


Willow Creek Center, a workforce training site for Portland Community College, received LEED Platinum certification and has rainwater harvesting, on-site storm water treatment, rooftop solar panels, and regional and recycled materials.  There's also a monitor in the lobby that indicates how much energy is being used and generated and how much water is being collected and used.

LEED Silver: Oakland International Airport Terminal 2


Oakland International Airport's Terminal 2 received LEED Silver, and, according to a press release, is the first passenger airport terminal in the nation to receive the designation.  Terminal 2 exceeds California energy standards by 25% and is expected to use 24% less water than a similar conventional building.

  • Guest

    That monastery looks pretty advanced. A little surprised, since the whole poverty thing is usually a vow.

    • Anonymous

      They have probably sold their old monastery that was on valuable land, ie ripe for development. Part of the deal was to get a “free” new building in exchange for the old monestary and the land. Similar things have happened in the UK.

  • Peter

    It’s fantastic to see this range of projects getting LEED. I have been investigating green materials for LEED buildings (Insulating Concrete Forms, etc), as well as systems of harvesting rainwater/dealing with storm water… but realize that sometimes these innovations remain behind the scenes. I loved reading that there is a monitor in the Willow Creek Center lobby to indicate energy use – I hope that everybody gets to walk by and see it.

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