US Law College Secures LEED Platinum Certification

27 January 2011 (Last Updated January 27th, 2011 18:30)

The Community Justice Center of Monterey College of Law in California, US, has received LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. With the certification, Monterey College has become the first law school in the US to achieve the honour. The centre includ

The Community Justice Center of Monterey College of Law in California, US, has received LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council.

With the certification, Monterey College has become the first law school in the US to achieve the honour.

The centre includes a courtroom, five indoor and three outdoor caucus areas for mediation, and offices of the Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management and the Monterey County Bar Association.

Monterey-based Ausonio was the general contractor for the project.

Spanning 558m², the centre is the first decommissioned Fort Ord military building to be remodelled as a green building.

The building features photovoltaic panels, low flow water fixtures, high efficiency mechanical and electrical components, skylights, bamboo flooring, and recycled carpet, bathroom tiles, furniture and computers.

The exterior of the building features low-energy cinder blocks in front columns and eco-friendly mix of concrete and natural materials, with the dry swale in the front side recapturing surface water.