The University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Community has received a LEED platinum rating -- the highest possible designation -- from the United States Green Building Council.
LEED certification is a U.S. benchmark for sustainable building design and construction. The $84.4 million Center for Community, with 317,000 gross square feet, is about 30 percent more energy and water efficient than modern code-compliant buildings of the same size and function.
Anchored by a 900-seat street-market style dining hall offering freshly prepared food in nine specialty dining stations, the new Center for Community at CU-Boulder opened for students in August 2010.
The central dining hall is the hub of the 183,000-square-foot student center, which brings together 12 student support offices that had been scattered in buildings and dorms throughout the campus. The offices include Career Services, the Center for Multicultural Affairs, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of International Education, and the Office of Victim Assistance.