Lynn University's Mohammed Indimi International Business Center (IBC) achieved LEED® Platinum certification, the highest level of endorsement awarded by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Designed by Gensler, the building is home to the College of Business and Management, Lynn's largest and most international college.
"The IBC's LEED certification demonstrates our commitment to creating an environmentally sound campus," says Gregory Malfitano, Lynn's senior vice president for development and administration. "Students, faculty and visitors experience healthier learning spaces with the building's clean air systems and abundant natural light. We also encourage environmental awareness through an extensive recycling program."
The USGBC awarded the certification under its Building Design + Construction rating system, which considers a development's basic building blocks, operational efficiencies, green material selection and sustainable design innovations. The IBC's eco-friendly features include, but are not limited to:
- Indoor water use 92 percent lower than a typical academic building
- Total outdoor water use 32 percent lower than LEED baseline
- 100 percent reflective roofing
- 21.33 percent of building materials made from recycled content
- 15.66 percent of building materials sourced from within 500 miles of the project site
- 67.92 percent of new wood responsibly harvested from Forest Stewardship Council-approved sources
- 48.98 percent of the site is a combination of vegetated or pedestrian hardscape area
- Individual and multi-occupant lighting and thermal controls promote comfort and well-being
- Location near public transportation hubs
- Maximized access to natural daylight and external views
- Widespread recycling program for glass, metal, cardboard, paper and plastic
- Optimal air quality with increased ventilation systems and low-emitting building materials
"We are thrilled to have partnered with Lynn to develop a building that has achieved LEED Platinum status," says Cliff Bollmann, project manager at Gensler. "This certification represents an impactful investment to not only the environment, but also to the overall university experience."
In addition to its sustainable objectives, the IBC was designed with hands-on technology-based learning in mind. It is outfitted with state-of-the-art systems to enhance students' educational environments, with 11 classrooms and more than 15 spaces for collaboration between students, faculty and outside corporations.