The University of Vermont STEM Complex project, which was completed in August 2019, has achieved LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This accomplishment further supports the University’s commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
The LEED Silver certification recognizes the practical and measurable sustainable strategies and solutions incorporated into the design and construction, specifically in the areas of sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. In addition, the STEM project diverted nearly 97% of construction waste from landfills, earning an exemplary rating in that category.
The $80 million award-winning project involved the construction of two new buildings: the 120,000-square-foot Discovery Building housing teaching and research labs and the 75,000-square-foot Innovation Building with modern classrooms and offices. The facilities provide UVM with 20 new state-of-the-art teaching labs, seven media-rich classrooms, cleanrooms, faculty labs, microscopy and other technical spaces.