The new Student Services Building at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has been awarded LEED Platinum certification, the highest honour from the US Green Building Council.
The new $27.5m facility at UT Dallas has become the first LEED-Platinum-rated facility in the UT System, the first academic structure, and the 11th in Texas, to achieve this recognition.
The building was designed by Busby, Perkins and Will, and the construction contractor for the four-storey facility was Hill & Wilkinson.
The building houses the bursar’s and financial aid offices, the career centre, the dean of students, enrollment services and the registrar, the health and counselling centres, international student services, the multicultural and women’s centres, and residential life and housing operations.
The 6,875m² building is distinct with a limestone façade and features an energy-efficient lighting system, a hot water system heated by solar panels, utilisation of local and regional materials in the construction process, daylight harvesting capabilities, enhanced building mechanical systems and projected lower operating costs.
Construction on the project began in April 2009 and was completed in August 2010.