Westlake Hall Earns LEED Gold Certification


Visit bradley.edu/go/ht-WestlakeLEED to read about Westlake’s recognition as one of five projects noted for outstanding designs for adaptive reuse in American School and University.

Offering a healthy learning and working environment for Bradley’s students, faculty, and staff, the $24 million Westlake Hall renovation and expansion project earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council last December. USGBC awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification in recognition of the University’s commitment to energy-efficient, sustainable construction. Select sustainable features are noted below:

  • Meeting exemplary performance, more than 30 percent of the building material has been manufactured using recycled components.
  • Energy efficiency is achieved with HVAC system controls, a heat recovery wheel, and chilled beam technology that adds cooling when CO2 sensors detect increased carbon dioxide levels within an occupied classroom.
  • Automatically controlled interior lighting saves energy throughout the facility.
  • The west and northeast entrances provide ADA accessibility into the building as well as the interior ramps that make the original building accessible.
  • Approximately 48 percent of building material has been extracted, harvested, recovered, or processed and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.
  • Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource, and live plants add to the atrium’s ambiance and overall interior environmental quality.
  • Cork and bamboo are also used as natural finishes. Cork flooring is located in multiple areas, and the atrium’s handrails tout a bamboo finish.
  • Natural lighting from the open atrium and windows on Westlake’s original exterior permeates throughout the building; 90 percent of spaces enjoy day lighting and views.
  • Water use is reduced by more than 35 percent with the installation of low-flow restroom and kitchen fixtures.
  • Low-gas-emitting indoor paints, adhesives, sealants, carpet, and composite wood comply with volatile organic compound (VOC) limits for optimum indoor air quality.

— K.M.

“This distinction is a great honor for our University. It builds on the legacy of our founder, Lydia Moss Bradley, an advocate for the use and preservation of natural resources.”

– President Joanne Glasser