Joanna Norris, Assistant DirectorDepartment of Media Relations and Events(904) 620-2102
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Fountains, the University
of North Florida’s newest
residence hall, has been certified LEED(Leadership
in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver by the U. S. Green Building
five-story, 385,000-square-foot-building houses 1,000 students and is located on
Osprey Ridge Road
off Kernan Boulevard.
The student housing project, with two residential towers on each side, cost $86
million, and the infrastructure includes parking facilities, an access road,
retention ponds, walking trails and a walkway connection to the main campus.
“I am extremely pleased that the Osprey Fountains
project has earned a Silver LEED certification designation,” said Paul Riel,
director of Housing and Residence Life
at UNF. “The University of North Florida
has a commitment to constructing sustainable buildings and Osprey Fountains is
yet another example of our on-going commitment to environmental issues.”
this latest certification, there are now five buildings certified by the U.S.
Green Building Council on the UNF campus. Currently, Osprey Fountains, Parking
Services and the Brooks College of Health addition are Silver-certified
buildings, while the College
of Education and Human
Services is the first and only Gold-certified building on campus.
new Student Union is presently going through the certification process and is striving
to achieve the Silver rating. The Social Sciences building, which received
basic certification, opened in the fall of 2006 as the first LEED-certified
facility in Northeast Florida and was the
first “green” building on campus.
LEED™ Green Building Rating System is a voluntary third-party rating system
where credits are earned for satisfying specified green building criteria. Projects
are evaluated within six environmental categories: sustainable sites, water
efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor
U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s leading coalition of corporations,
builders, universities, federal and local agencies, and nonprofit organizations
working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible,
profitable and healthy places to live and work.
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