AZUSA, Calif. — Azusa Pacific University’s Segerstrom Science Center recently earned LEED® Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGB), making it the university's first LEED-certified building.

"At APU we take seriously what we build today and its impact on the future," said John Reynolds, NH Dip: Comp Sys, APU executive vice president. "LEED certification affirms that we have designed and constructed a building that is not only academic, but also environmentally-friendly for students and neighbors for years to come."

The 70,000-square foot, $54 million academic center, completed in May 2009, houses the departments of Biology and Chemistry and Mathematics and Physics, along with research and teaching components for the School of Nursing and Department of Physical Therapy.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings that support human and environmental health. Buildings are scored on five key areas: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. APU earned 42 of a possible 69 points for green design and construction features.

Some of the green elements in Segerstrom Science Center include:

Open space offering connectivity to the outdoors and a pedestrian friendly setting.

  • Landscape design that incorporates drought-tolerant plants and native species to reduce the use of potable water.
  • A reflective white roof to mitigate urban heat island effect.
  • High efficiency plumbing fixtures that have resulted in more than 30 percent reduction in water use.
  • A waste management plan that diverted more than 85 percent of construction waste.
  • A green cleaning program that helps eliminate the use of harmful cleaning agents.
  • Los Angeles-based architecture firm AC Martin designed the facility, and Pasadena-based CW Driver led the building process.

    Rachel White
    Associate Director of Public Relations
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