Clemson aims to achieve at least a LEED Silver rating for all newly constructed buildings and large renovations. The LEED® green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. It contains prerequisites and credits in five categories: sustainable site planning, improving energy efficiency, conserving materials and resources, embracing indoor environmental quality and safeguarding water.
The University has a number of projects that aim to meet varying degrees of LEED certification. Below are brief descriptions of each, along with links to more in-depth information regarding specific projects.
Advanced Materials Research Lab
Completed in August 2004, the AMRL was the first LEED-certified public building in South Carolina. The project is located in the Clemson Research Park and is an 111,000 square foot building housing Clemson's Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET). The surrounding area of the building includes more than 20 acres of maintained open/green space. The building also consists of recycled construction materials including ceiling tiles and structural steel. Several other sustainable techniques were used in the project.
This project includes the construction of a new state of the art office/classroom building for natural resources research at Hobcaw Barony and the renovation of the existing facility. The renovation phase of the project will include improvements to the existing structure including the two laboratories. This renovation will accommodate two new researchers and several additional graduate students and doctorial candidates. Here is more information on the building's LEED credits.
CU-ICAR Parking Structure / Office
The center is a model for sustainable, economic development that minimizes environmental impact and that seeks to restore and balance the environmental resources of the site. Several sustainability approaches are used and planned for this project, and it has achieved LEED Gold certification. These approaches can be found at the ICAR project page.
Duke Energy Innovation Center
Adjacent to the existing Advanced Materials Research Lab, the Innovation Center serves as a high-tech business incubator focusing on the advanced materials industry. Completed in the spring of 2011 as a joint project with the South Carolina Research Authority, the facility serves startup companies with intellectual property coming out of Clemson University as well as the private sector. The innovation center is designed to provide both space and opportunity to entrepreneurs for collaboration and information sharing. Detailed information on the project's silver LEED certification is highlighted on the building's project page.
The Fraternity Quad maintains the rich architectural traditions of Clemson while embracing a green building commitment. Originally built as barracks in 1935, the quad dormitories were later designed for some of Clemson's fraternities. Renovations in 2007 achieved LEED-certification at the Silver level, and kept the exterior of the buildings as they were designed in the ’30s, but the interiors now provide an atmosphere that supports communal living while promoting academic success. It is a model for unity, inclusiveness and diversity. To see more, please visit the Fraternity Quad project page.
Graduate Engineering Center
This project consists of approximately 90,000 square feet of office and lab space housing the graduate program in automotive engineering. It is one of the nation’s most innovative graduate programs -- automotive engineering with an emphasis on systems integration -- is itself one of a kind. The structure, located on the CU-ICAR campus, features an innovative architectural form and materials that are indicative of the kind of innovation that will occur within its walls. The project achieved LEED Silver Certification.
Lee Hall Addition
Lee 3 is truly a center for cross disciplinary collaboration, where students and faculty meet together in open spaces, sharing and developing ideas. These spaces for planning and drawing create a laboratory and learning center within a building that is designed to test and expand current knowledge of sustainable design and construction. Lee 3 exemplifies a new standard of sustainable building practices as it can operate without drawing energy from the campus energy plant. Its 42 geothermal wells installed to a depth of 440 feet provide approximately 80 tons of heating and cooling. Visit Lee 3's project page to view more information on the building's innovative construction features.
Packaging Science Building
This project includes approximately 28,000 square feet of space housing components of the Packaging Science and Graphic Communications departments. The building has three levels and is located immediately south of the Fluor Daniel Engineering Innovation Center. The facility houses studios, labs and offices that will regularly serve up to 500 students every year. For more information please visit the project page.
Rhodes Research Center Annex
The 29,000-square-foot, three-story addition to Rhodes Hall, was designed for communication, collaboration, and networking among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Its numerous laboratories include those dedicated to research to support the bioengineering curriculum and to facilitate integration of undergraduate and graduate education. The annex offers an exceptional environment for students and staff and stimulates creativity and innovation, two keys to engineering education and training. The Research Annex achieved LEED Gold certification with sustainable features as highlighted on the building's project page.
A 10,000 square foot rowing facility was the first LEED certified building built on campus. Located on east bank of Lake Hartwell the facility includes a workout area, athletic training room, and offices and meeting areas. This on-campus training center, Lake Hartwell and the racecourse are major draws for recruits. The Rowing Facility sustainable features are highlighted on the building's project page.
Sandhill Conference and Research Center
During the 1930's, Sandhill was a leading agricultural research and experimental station in the South, drawing farmers and cattlemen from the Pee Dee to Anderson, to swap information and help solve farming problems. Over the years, as South Carolina's agriculture landscape began to change, so has the focus at Sandhill. Today Sandhill's purpose is to help South Carolina's communities address modern issues of land use and sustainable economic and community development. By engaging the university, the global research community and the public in a worthy cause - creating a better South Carolina through education, interdisciplinary collaboration, stewardship and communication - Sandhill promotes sustainability as a basic value, ethic and strategy, with relevant applications for responsible economic and community growth. The renovations completed at Sandhill achieved LEED Gold certification.