HIGH POINT, N.C., July 24, 2017 – High Point University’s Cottrell Hall, home to the Flanagan Center for Student Success, has recently earned LEED Certification.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification is a rating system for “green” buildings developed by the Green Building Environmental Council of the United States (USGBC). LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient and meet certain environmental standards for construction.
Opened in the fall of 2015, HPU’s Cottrell Hall cuts energy costs by 36 percent and reduces water consumption by 40 percent with the use of efficient fixtures. The site of Cottrell utilizes water-efficient landscaping, is 64 percent open vegetated space and 43 percent covered with native or adaptive vegetation.
During construction of Cottrell Hall, 98 percent of the construction waste was recycled or diverted from the landfill, at least 20 percent of the value of all material used was post-consumer recycled content, and low-emitting materials for paints, adhesives, sealants and flooring systems were used throughout.
Collaboration is fostered in the glass walls featured throughout Cottrell Hall. An international theme is embedded in the design with a globe in the form of a chandelier, an airport concourse that serves as study space, and offices and support staff that are intentionally placed here to guide students to compete on a global platform. The building also houses the Offices of Study Abroad, Career Development, Internship Services, Fellowship and Awards, Research and Creative Works, the Entrepreneurship Center, the Professional Sales Center and HPU Success Coaches. These offices prepare students to thrive in the professional world, as evidenced by a 95 percent career or graduate school placement within six months of graduation.
“HPU is committed to sustainability inclusive to energy and water conservation, and Cottrell Hall is one example of that commitment,” says Steve Potter, vice president of facilities and auxiliary operations at HPU. “It is exciting to know that the hard work of the design, construction and operational teams has paid off. Many hours were invested in planning and execution of construction so that we could fulfill our objective of building an energy efficient and sustainable building that meets U.S. Green Building Council Standards.”
Learn more about Cottrell Hall and view photos here.