Topic: Sustainability/Environment

August 31, 2020

Health Professions Building

The new Health Professions Building at Ball State University has earned a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), affirming the University’s commitment toward sustainable construction and environmental best practices.

The 165,000-square-foot Health Professions Building opened in 2019 and is home to Ball State’s College of Health, including classrooms, labs, clinical spaces, community clinics, and more.

The Health Professions Building is the seventh structure on campus to earn LEED Gold certification. Seven other buildings have earned other LEED certifications as well.

“At Ball State, we are committed to creating a brighter future for everyone,” University President Geoffrey S. Mearns said. “That commitment goes beyond education. It includes serving as stewards of our natural resources so that generations to come inherit a healthy Earth.”

In addition to being a state-of-the-art teaching facility, the Health Professions Building includes innovative technologies that reduce its impact on the environment, according to Jim Lowe, Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning and Management.

Those features include green roofs, photovoltaic solar panels, an underground storm water retention system, low-flow water fixtures, energy-efficient LED lighting, a design that enhances daylight to reduce energy consumption, and geothermal heating and cooling.

“The effort to create a greener campus goes back almost 30 years,” Lowe said. “As our campus expands to meet student needs, we will remain committed to the principles of sustainable construction and eco-friendly operations.”

The University is likely to celebrate the certification with a virtual ceremony involving representatives from USGBC and Ratio. Details on the ceremony are to be determined and will be announced as they become available.