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Press Release for Friday, June 24, 2016

UNF Field House Obtains Certified LEED Silver Status

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Field House, a multi-functional facility located in the former Aquatic Center next to the UNF Arena, has been certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver by the U. S. Green Building Council.

The one-story facility is approximately 28,000-square feet and has a court area, which features three recreational basketball courts that can convert into volleyball, badminton and indoor soccer courts for the University’s intramural sports program.

The Field House also serves as a hub for student informal-recreational play, and the structure’s floor provides users a full-sized NCAA basketball court. Other features include retractable bleachers, scoreboard systems, projectors/screens, equipment storage, lockers and a curtain system to separate courts.

The $5.1 million structure also houses an administrative area, with two fully equipped classrooms for multi-use seating, offices, guest check-in desk, restrooms with changing areas and checkout equipment storage.

“I am extremely pleased that the Field House has earned a Silver LEED certification designation,” said Zak Ovadia, director of Campus Planning. “The University of North Florida has a commitment to constructing sustainable buildings and the Field House is yet another example of our on-going commitment to environmental issues.”

With this latest certification, there are now a total of 10 buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council on the UNF campus, demonstrating the University’s commitment to the environment.

The 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 environmental quality.

The 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.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.