South Jersey Technology Park awarded LEED? Green Building certification
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver rating.
LEED is USGBC's rating system for ranking the design and construction of the world's greenest, most energy-efficient and high-performing buildings, according to the organization.
"The South Jersey Technology Park's LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership," noted Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. "The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Tech Park serves as a prime example (of) just how much we can accomplish."
LEED certification of the newest SJTP facility was based on a number of design and construction features that positively impact the project and the broader community. These features include innovation in design, use of recycled materials, innovative waste management, pollution prevention and energy systems, among many other categories.
SJTP, located off Rt. 322 at the Rt. 55 interchange in Mantua Township, is a non-profit corporation funded through state and private grants. The goal of SJTP is to lead the economic revitalization of southern New Jersey through an integrated program of science and technology initiatives. SJTP's master plan provides for a 200-acre mixed research and academic technology park campus and is an integral part of the proposed 580-acre Rowan University West Campus. The recently completed 45,000-square-foot Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center, the first of 25 planned buildings at SJTP, opened in October. A mixed-use facility, the Innovation Center includes laboratories and laboratory/office space for private organizations and for the University's College of Engineering sponsored research and clinics. In addition, the building is the home of the Rohrer College of Business' Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Business Incubator.
USGBC is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations. Since USGBC's founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations; a comprehensive family of LEED green building rating systems; an expansive educational offering; the industry's popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo; and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates and organizing groups. The LEED Green Building Rating SystemTM is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design.