What was once a 1920’s dormitory is now a ‘one-stop-shop’ for admissions and student services at Columbia College. For the renovation of Missouri Hall, SOA and Columbia College set a target of achieving LEED Silver Certification, but without adding to the construction cost. The concept of retaining a historic structure, but adapting it for efficient 21st century use, already aligned with a number of LEED credits, making the project a great candidate for certification.
The certification process created a way to document the sustainable aspects of the project that were intended from the beginning: salvaging an existing building, specifying efficient plumbing and lighting fixtures, increasing day lighting, reusing old building elements in new ways, and improving energy efficiency.
While there are many ways to use a building as an educational example, a main benefit of LEED is the “brand recognition” it has attained, which immediately conveys a certain level of environmental commitment.
Missouri Hall was the first building in Columbia to receive LEED Certification. For more information, see: