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Hillside Dining Renovation Project Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Published: April 18, 2016


The Hillside Dining Project at CSULB recently earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Building Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The project was a renovation of an existing 10,000-square-foot dining and commercial kitchen space of the on-campus residence hall while also adding a 2,500-square-foot indoor/outdoor seating space.

As part of the USGBC, the LEED green building program provides third-party verification of green buildings and is the most widely recognized and used program of its kind throughout the world, having transformed buildings, homes and communities in all 50 states and 135 countries. The Hillside Dining Project followed strict sustainability guidelines that needed to be met in order to become LEED certified.

“The university’s commitment to sustainable building practices continues with LEED Gold certification for the Hillside Dinning Hall renovation project,” said David Salazar, associate vice president for Physical Planning and Facilities Management. “Our buildings are an integral part of our commitment to develop campus facilities that meet our sustainability and energy reduction goals. Not only is the dining hall renovation a great improvement for our students, it is also an excellent example of quality design and sustainability practice.”

Project construction began on June 2, 2014 and was completed on schedule, with the project officially opening for public use in January 2015, just prior to the spring semester.

Among some of the sustainable features incorporated into the project were:

• Water-efficient landscape design and planting selections that reduced the use of water for the landscaping systems by 55.2 percent.

• Installation of a roof that has the required Solar Reflectance Index, reducing the ability for external heat gain entry into the facility and the surrounding area.

• Low flow fixtures, water closets and lavatories, as well as other strategic efficient measures. Water use in Hillside was reduced by 58.18 percent.

• LED lighting for new light fixtures and changing existing lighting in the immediate area and parking lot to efficient LED lighting. The change is saving more than 25 percent of power usage.

• Daylight harvesting, meaning day light sensors within 15 feet of windows that automatically reduce, shutoff or dim the facility’s interior lights to accommodate for the use of the natural light.

• A state-of-the-art efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning system.

• All paint, coating, adhesives, sealants and carpet used complied to the most stringent VOC (volatile organic compounds) content regulations and requirements set forth by the USGBC for LEED certification.

• Utilization of a green housekeeping program and an integrated green pest management program.

The budget for the Hillside Dining Phase of the project was $11 million and led by architect AC Martin and contractor was BN Builders. CSULB Design and Construction Services in the Physical Planning and Facilities Management managed and inspected the project.

The other buildings on campus with LEED certifications are the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Parkside Dining Renovation Project and the Steve and Nini Horn Center, all LEED Gold; Liberal Arts 2,3,4 Renovation, LEED Gold-pending; and Hall of Science, LEED Silver.