James Madison University’s new dining hall D-Hall recently earned the Green Building Certification Institute’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification. Completed in 2018, the 98,422-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility provides 2,213 seats for exterior and indoor residential, retail, and special events dining.
“In designing and constructing the new D-Hall, the university was focused on reducing both energy and water consumption in the building and was able to incorporate features such as an optimized building envelope and demand-controlled ventilation that are predicted to reduce the building energy consumption by 12% compared to baseline, saving an estimated $35,000 per year in energy costs. Additionally, water efficient dishwashers, low-flow spray valves, flush and lavatory fixtures were used throughout the building to save an estimated 904,000 gallons of water per year.”– Gary Shears, Director of Engineering and Construction at James Madison University
Additionally, water efficient dishwashers, low-flow spray valves, flush and lavatory fixtures were used throughout the building to save an estimated 904,000 gallons of water per year.”
In addition to energy and water efficiency measures, steps taken to boost D-Hall’s indoor air quality include enacting a construction indoor air quality plan while utilizing low-emitting building materials.
During the construction process, the following materials and resources were employed:
- 99% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill
- 11% recycled content building materials
- 14% regionally sourced and produced building materials
- 95% of wood products are Forest Stewardship Council certified
Architecture: Moseley Architects
Construction: Skanska USA Building, Inc.