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St. Norbert College's Gehl-Mulva Science Center has been Awarded LEED® Gold Certification

From St. Norbert College, July 9, 2015
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The newly renovated and expanded Gehl-Mulva Science Center at St. Norbert College has been awarded LEED® Gold certification. 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.

"We are tremendously proud of this recognition," said St. Norbert College President Thomas Kunkel. "From the initial planning phase many years ago, we designed this facility with sustainability and energy efficiency uppermost in mind. Everyone on the Gehl-Mulva team contributed to attain this prestigious LEED Gold rating."

The Gehl-Mulva Science Center is the college's most significant capital building initiative to date. The $39 million project has transformed the former science facility, with a complete renovation of the main building and construction of additions at the east and west ends. The multi-level expansion increased the size of the building to 160,000 square feet.
 The center houses the physics, math, psychology, geology, biology and chemistry disciplines. It has 45 teaching/research labs, 10 classrooms, one large lecture hall, 15 student study lounges and offices for 38 faculty. The laboratories feature state-of-the-art equipment; the classrooms are equipped with the latest technology. The Gehl-Mulva Science Center also serves as the primary home of the Medical College of Wisconsin's Green Bay campus, which welcomed its first class of students this month. The contractor was Miron Construction Co. Inc.

"Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "The Gehl-Mulva Science Center project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come."

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third-party independent "green" building verification and certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies, features and practices, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings. LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in sustainable building.