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UWT's Joy Building receives highest green certification

Jan 31, 2012 - 02:37 PM
The Green Building Certification Institute has awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Platinum certification -- the highest possible, most rigorous certification in the LEED system -- to the University of Washington Tacoma's Russell T. Joy Building.
The Joy Building is the first in Tacoma and first in the University of Washington to achieve a Platinum rating in the "new construction/major remodel" LEED system. It is the second state-funded building to receive the recognition. Erected in 1892 and named after its first owner, the Joy Building was the last of the historic structures along Pacific Avenue to be repurposed for the UW Tacoma campus. It opened last spring, easing the university's need for classroom space and providing retail storefronts on the first floor facing Pacific Avenue.

The state mandates that all state-funded new construction and major renovations be designed, constructed and operated to at least a Silver LEED certification level.

Among the many features of the Joy Building that earned it the high rating is a system that captures 90 percent of the rainwater falling on the building and reuses it in planters.

The architect of the renovation was THA Architecture and the general contractor was Korsmo Construction.


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