By: Andrew Mees, Director of Institutional Communications and Campaign Marketing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Franklin Street Residence Hall at Bloomfield College has earned a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification, the institution announced today.
“Our LEED certification is a tribute to the hard work done by our staff and contractors, and reflects Bloomfield College’s commitment to the responsible and sustainable development of our campus and setting a model for our students,” President Richard Levao said of the honor.
Completed in August 2014, the 80,000-square-foot structure offers students a cutting-edge college living experience, complete with various amenities that make the structure one of the most innovative residence halls in New Jersey. Featuring one-bed, four and eight-bed suite-style living areas, the four-story building also boasts a rooftop courtyard, game room, fitness center and multipurpose space in addition to a lounge areas overlooking downtown Bloomfield on each floor.
Totaling 234 beds, the residence hall also features three retail spaces on the ground floor that are open to the public, headlined by a Barnes & Noble that serves as the official institutional book store. The spaces are part of the College’s effort to be a community partner in Bloomfield’s extensive rebuilding efforts, with the building serving as one of the first completed projects in the Township-wide initiative.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
To receive a LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Criteria center around the creation of a healthy, resource-efficient and cost-effective structure that ensures reduced stress on the environment.