Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences New Jersey Medical School (RBHS-NJMS) has just completed a $15 million, 300,000-square-foot renovation to their Central Research Animal Facility.With the renovations completed, the Newark vivarium is the first in the country to attain a Gold Level certification from LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), a green building certification program.
The renovations provided modernization, increased capacity, streamlined operations and energy efficiency to the 1975 facility. The project was paid for by a $15 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which stipulated the project must attain LEED certification.
Certification is based on a credit system. And to get a LEED certificate, a building must earn 40-49 credits. A building with 50-59 credits will earn silver; 60-79 credits gold; while 80 or higher will earn a platinum-level certification.
“We went into the design phase with 49 credits,” Senior Project Manager Matthew Peterson said in a press release. “As the project continued, we realized we would be able to apply for a much higher level, and we ended up applying for Gold level certification.”
The project received a gold verification with 66 credits.
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