Davidson Hall is LEED Gold and F5 tornado-proof
April 13, 2012
NEOSHO, MO – Crowder College’s Davidson Hall has been awarded LEED® Gold established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) program is the preeminent authority for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Davidson Hall is approximately 26,000 square feet, with 18,000 square-feet qualifying as a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Tornado Safe Room that can hold 3,200 people and withstand an F5 tornado with 250 mph winds. Research by Project Architect Brad Erwin; found it may be the first LEED Certified Gold FEMA 361 Tornado Safe Room / Tornado Shelter in the nation.

Gaining the LEED Gold certification for Davidson Hall was based on a number of green designs and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:

“The strength of USGBC has always been the collective strength of our leaders in the building industry," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Crowder College demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of Davidson Hall.”

For an article about the dedication go here.

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