Bradley University’s Westlake Hall has received a Gold LEED rating from the US Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institute. A LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a tool that provides third-party verification of sustainable buildings. Gold is the second highest rating of the four possible; Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum in order from low to high.
Westlake Hall was designed to meet these standards by a variety of methods from energy conservation to material selection. Chilled beams, reheat coils and maximized day-lighting throughout the building have all aided in energy savings. Plus, the adhesives, paints, and flooring materials selected were all low-emitting materials. All of this provides a healthy construction and work environment.
The University’s passion for achieving maximum building efficiency and supporting a healthy indoor environment was demonstrated by the project team, the entire Bradley community and the leadership of President Joanne Glasser. “This distinction is a great honor for our campus community and it builds on the legacy of our founder Lydia Moss Bradley, an advocate for the use and preservation of natural resources,” said Glasser. “Bradley has a longstanding history of environmentally sustainable practices that is underscored by our commitment to meet LEED Silver standards in future building projects.”
Westlake Hall is home to the College of Education and Health Sciences. The $24 million renovation was part of Bradley’s Renaissance Campaign. The building was expanded to four stories tall and six times its former size, growing from 13,500 to 84,600 square feet. Construction began in March 2010 and completed in June 2012. It is one of the two original buildings on campus.
In the November issue of American School & University’s 2013 architectural portfolio, Westlake Hall is one of five projects recognized for outstanding designs for adaptive reuse.