Centre College has been selected as a Judges’ Choice Award winner in green education design by College Planning & Management in their 2010 Sustainability and Innovation Awards. The awards recognize innovation, share best practices, and provide schools and colleges access to inspirational ideas in green design.
Centre was honored for its dedication to sustainable and responsible campus building construction over the past several years, highlighting its relationship with architect Hastings + Chivetta. Judges looked at projects’ sustainability, maintainability, innovation/creativeness, aesthetics, and cost effectiveness of the solution.
Sustainable Centre buildings
Centre has completed five building projects in the past six years, all of which were completed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. The first project, completed in 2005, expanded, renovated and unified the main academic building, Crounse Hall, and the athletic/recreation facilities, Sutcliffe Hall, to create the state-of-the-art College Centre. This comprehensive complex was designed to enhance students’ intellectual, social, spiritual and physical development.
In 2008 came Pearl Hall, a new residential facility that received LEED Gold Certification. Pearl Hall is Kentucky’s first LEED Gold-certified building and has the highest LEED rating for any residential facility in the state. Among its many sustainable design elements are a geothermal heat pump system, outdoor views from 90 percent of living spaces and the use of regional materials.
The new Campus Center was completed in 2009, replacing Cowan Dining Commons and serving as the College’s main dining facility. Currently in its final stages is a renovation and expansion of Centre’s main science building, Young Hall. The new addition to Young Hall was completed in fall 2010 and the renovation is scheduled to be complete in late 2010.