Daemen College Receives Gold LEED Certification From U.S. Green Building Council

Certification from U.S. Green Building Council for Research & Information Commons Recognizes State-of-the-Art Environmental Conservation Design 


April 21, 2011



Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations




           Daemen College received a Gold LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizing state-of-the-art environmental design in the new $15 million, 45,000 square foot Research & Information Commons (RIC). 


           The Gold LEED Certification for the RIC is one of only a few currently given by the U.S. Green Building Council to a Western New York college or business structure.            


           LEED certification designates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The U.S. Green Building Council defines LEED as “an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

           “Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED points and credits are weighted to reflect their potential environmental impacts.”


           The Daemen College Research & Information Commons is built with design features to conserve energy, water, and other resources; maximize the use of recycled materials; and minimize the use of toxic materials. Conceived and designed as an integrated building system incorporating environmentally friendly design features, the RIC is among the first free-standing “green” buildings on a Western New York college campus. The RIC also functions as a core component of the Daemen Environmental Studies Program.           


           “The Research & Information Commons is the single most important construction project in Daemen’s history and we are extremely proud that it has received a Gold LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council,” said Daemen President Dr. Martin J. Anisman.


           “Our hope is that the Research & Information Commons will inspire others to create buildings and neighborhoods that are even more efficient, environmentally friendly, and instructive than Daemen’s – buildings that will help redefine the relationship between each of us and the environment. This is a building of which our community can be proud.”


           The Research & Information Commons is designed by Perry Dean Rogers/ Partners Architects, of Boston, to be the hub of academic research and support services for Daemen College. Replacing Daemen’s 1950’s era library, the Commons has the technology and capacity to support classroom instruction, provide information for independent research that relates to the College curriculum, and provide human and technological resources that supports student academic achievement. Components of the  Research & Information Commons include:


  • Lighting sensors based on room occupancy – lighting automatically goes on and off when people enter and leave rooms in the building.
  • Energy-Star compliant highly reflective and high emissivity roofing for 75% of the roof area.
  • A wireless computer network accessible throughout the facility.
  • Increasing the number of student accessible computers on the Daemen campus from 24 to 140.
  • Space for 150,000 volumes in all formats and total seating for 370 readers in a variety of spaces.
  • A “video wall” composed of 25 forty inch plasma television screens, capable of running a wide variety of electronic media, including video, DVD, computer programming, and satellite feeds.
  • An “information commons” that will include student access PC’s, printing stations, a student access scanner, and a “white wall” for audiovisual displays.  Here students may work on any academic computer project, and the Commons will provide the space, the technology and the expertise needed for students to make use of scholarly information in all its forms.
  • Information made accessible in a wide variety of formats: print, digital, and media formats in the form of books and journals, PC’s and laptops, a video wall and media viewing, all brought together into one common location.
  • The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, including the Learning/Writing Center and Academic Advisement. 
  • Group Study Rooms will allow students to gather in groups to collaborate on learning projects, discuss assignments and share ideas away from the quiet study areas.
  • The Teacher’s Resource Center will enable education students to find and create curriculum materials suitable for K-12 instruction.

           The Research & Information Commons impacts 100% of the graduate and undergraduate student population at Daemen College, and provides informational, technical and research support to 100% of the faculty.  Daemen plans to promote the Commons as a working laboratory in environmental sustainability, and make it available to Western New York area elementary and high school students, to introduce the importance of environmental education, as well as the concept of sustainability.


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