Anderson-Clarke Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

“We strive to reach the highest standards in all we do, and part of that means not only offering exceptional educational opportunities, but also simply being a responsible neighbor.”

Dr. Mary McIntire, dean, Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

The Anderson-Clarke Center has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Gold is the second-highest level achievable.

The new home of the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies opened in 2014 and was built with more than $24 million in donations from our generous supporters. Three stories and 55,000 square feet, the building houses state-of-the-art classrooms, an auditorium, gathering spaces and offices for the school.

Among the many aspects that earned the Anderson-Clarke Center its Gold status were:

  • LED lighting, which uses less electricity than fluorescent. The Anderson-Clarke Center is the first all-LED building on campus.
  • Optimized energy performance. A demand-controlled ventilation design features sensors in the various classrooms and office areas. Also, the glazing in the windows is insulated, double-paned and has coatings that are optimized for the solar orientation.
  • Storm-water management. The depressed lawn area allows for the capture of rain and storm water onsite and minimizes flooding to the surrounding area.
  • Low-emitting materials. The project teams used paints, sealants, glues and flooring that are low in volatile organic compounds, which can be harmful to human health.
  • Reclaimed materials. Green stone accents throughout the interior were used from another building on campus, as were two stone owls at the building’s entrance.


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