Duquesne University has been notified that the Power Center had earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
This internationally recognized certification system provides third-party verification that the 130,000 square-foot Power Center, which includes a book store and restaurants, campus recreational facilities and a ballroom, was designed and built within a framework of high concern for the environment.
“We are very pleased to have achieved LEED Silver Rating for the Power Center,” said President Charles J. Dougherty. “Respect for the environment is aligned with our mission and shapes both academic and business decisions. This accomplishment required a strong effort from our facilities management employees. We commend them for their work and for setting environmental targets for operational processes.”
Having a building become LEED certified requires completing a comprehensive process that requires extensive documentation pertaining to energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources. The University is committed to incorporating LEED principles in new construction and major renovations.
In the last 12 months, the Power Recreation Center received approximately 188,000 visits from students, faculty and staff. The Power Center Ballroom has hosted an average of five events per week since opening in January 2008.
The building at the corner of Chatham Square and Forbes Avenue is the equivalent of eight stories tall and connects to the heart of campus by the Sklar Skywalk, the city’s highest pedestrian walkway, which spans Forbes Avenue. The top-level ballroom provides seldom-seen panoramas of the city, dramatic balconies and 7,500 square feet capable of accommodating up to 700 people.