Harding Hall awarded prestigious LEED building certification

Harding Hall
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded South Dakota State University’s Harding Hall with a LEED V4 Gold certification. The efforts to remodel Harding Hall were also recognized by the publication American School and University in the adaptive reuse category.

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded South Dakota State University’s Harding Hall with a LEED V4 Gold certification. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence. Through design, construction and operations practices that improve environmental and human health, LEED-certified buildings are helping to make the world more sustainable.

Initially a former men’s residence hall, Harding Hall was transformed into 40 offices and two classrooms as the home of the Ness School of Management and Economics.

“Transforming buildings and spaces happens one project at a time. South Dakota State University understands the value of LEED and has shown extraordinary leadership in reshaping the market,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. “The success of LEED is due to the partnership and support of those committed to advancing green building and sustainability. Each new LEED certification brings us one step closer to revolutionizing the spaces where we live, learn, work and play.”

Harding Hall, which exceeded the minimum state requirement of LEED Silver status by 13 points, achieved LEED V4 Gold certification for implementing measurable strategies and solutions in all areas of sustainable construction including site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

SDSU’s LEED certifications
SDSU now has 14 LEED-certified buildings.

The Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center is also LEED Gold Certified. The 12 LEED Silver certified buildings are: Jackrabbit Village (Abbott, Spencer and Thorne residence halls); Alfred Dairy Science Building; Daktronics Engineering Hall; McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center; Jackrabbit Grove (Ben Reifel, Schultz, Hyde and Honors residence halls); Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Building; Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.

Awaiting certification are the American Indian Student Center, the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium, Wellness Center addition, Stanley J. Marshall practice facility addition, Southeast University Neighborhood Apartments, Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, and the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.

Renovation impacts
The Harding Hall renovation significantly upgraded the building’s energy efficiency. Harding Hall is now 13% more energy efficient than the contemporary industry standard. The actual realized energy savings will be tracked with advanced metering systems and are expected to exceed modeled energy savings estimates.

Another factor that played into the certification was the fact an existing building was reused, reducing the project’s life-cycle impact. The renovation reused 75% of the existing materials in the building, which extended the useful life of existing materials, averted landfill waste and reduced the need for new materials.

Eight points were received for indoor environmental quality through the use of low-emitting materials, enhanced air quality monitoring, construction indoor air quality management and enhanced HVAC air filtration.

“Green buildings allow South Dakota State University to operate more sustainably and give students, faculty and staff a healthier, more comfortable space to work and live. Green building certification is proof that SDSU values sustainability and the quality of our built environment. We are dedicated to constructing and operating our buildings at the highest levels of sustainability,” said Jonathan Meendering, a project architect with Facilities and Services.

In addition to building LEED-certified buildings, South Dakota State is keeping its energy costs in check due to more efficient chiller plants, boiler plants, ventilation systems, lighting upgrades and solar panels.