The recently opened Milken Institute School of Public Health building at the George Washington University (Milken Institute SPH) has earned a Platinum rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. Platinum is the highest certification available under the system, which is operated by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the only George Washington University building with LEED Platinum status, one of only 57 buildings in the District of Columbia and one of 1,102 buildings nationwide that have achieved this rating.
The architects built healthy and environmentally sustainable features into the design of the $75 million building, which officially opened May 15. The building, with 115,000 square feet of gross floor space and a total of nine stories (seven above ground and two below), was designed by Boston-based Payette Architects along with DC-based Ayers Saint Gross. Others involved in the project for LEED status include Affiliated Engineers Inc., Wiles Mensch Corporation, Paladino and Company, Inc., and the Whiting-Turner construction company.
(Photo: Exterior of Milken Institute SPH Building. Credit: Scavone Photography)