LEED plaque on wall

Wellness center certified LEED Gold

June 17, 2019

The Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center became the third CU Denver building to earn a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. University leaders celebrated the certification at a small ceremony May 15 in the Student Wellness Center lobby. You can see the official award hanging on the wall of the facility’s entryway.

LEED Certification – which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – recognizes the practice of designing, constructing and operating buildings to maximize occupant health and productivity, use fewer resources, reduce waste and negative environmental impacts, and decrease life cycle costs.

People looking at easel display
University leaders celebrated the Student Wellness Center’s LEED Gold certification at a small ceremony May 15.

LEED Certified buildings use modern design and advanced energy and lighting systems and incorporate environmentally responsible products in order make places where we work, live and study better for occupants and the environment in which they reside. The buildings attain long-term energy and water savings, which make them more economical over their life span than traditionally built buildings.

Five people under LEED plaque
From left: Mike Barden, engineer and architecture director for Facilities Management; Jennifer Sobanet, CFO, senior vice chancellor for Administration and Finance; Chancellor Dorothy Horrell; Amber Long, executive director for Wellness & Recreation Services; Jay Campbell, executive director for Facilities Management

“The university is committed to construction of new buildings and major renovation projects to a LEED Gold Certification level, wherever possible.”

Jarrett Smith, sustainability manager for Facilities Management