Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) has received Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington, D.C.

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) has received Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington, D.C. 

The certification, announced this week by the USGBC, recognizes Rowan University’s strong commitment to the environment and its leadership in sustainability from start to finish in construction of the school’s new six-story, 200,000 square-foot medical education building in Camden, N.J., which was completed in July 2012. It is the second highest certification level possible.

“This recognition of the environmental ‘friendliness’ of our Medical Education Building is a significant accomplishment for such a complex and high tech building,” noted Paul Katz, M.D., dean of CMSRU.  “Only a handful of medical schools nationwide have buildings that are LEED certified at this level, and we are pleased to be among them.  We are also proud to have the largest LEED Gold certified building in all of southern New Jersey.”

CMSRU’s architectural design firm, HDR Architecture, worked diligently to help design a high performance “green” building. Factors such as water use reduction, use of regional, recycled and sustainable materials, natural lighting in building interiors, and access to public transportation were important to achieving LEED Gold certification.

Kevin Jelinek, ASLA, LEED AP vice president and managing principal of HDR’s Princeton office explains, “This complex project demanded rigor and accuracy in gathering and preparing the LEED credit information. Buildings of this type, with robust laboratories and medical education spaces, require a lot of energy. This was a stretch goal and we are thrilled to have achieved it!”

Construction of CMSRU’s $139 million Medical Education Building on the Cooper Health Sciences Campus on South Broadway in Camden began in 2010.  The building was completed and opened in July 2012, and CMSRU welcomed its inaugural class of medical students in August 2012.  Project financing and management was provided by the Camden County Improvement Authority, with construction management provided by Joseph Jingoli & Son, of Lawrenceville, N.J.

“Rowan University has a long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Ali A. Houshmand, Ph.D., president of Rowan University.  “Our University is in the midst of unprecedented expansion in South Jersey, and we will continue to be leaders in achieving innovative, energy-efficient design and construction projects.”

CMSRU’s Medical Education Building is the second LEED certification for a Rowan University building.  Rowan University’s 45,000 square foot, state of the art Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center at the South Jersey Technology Park in Mantua Twp., N.J., achieved LEED Silver certification in 2009. Rowan has received 13 environmental and energy efficiency awards in the past seven years, and recently was ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada in the fourth annual edition of "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition." 



Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) is a four year, MD-granting school located in Camden, New Jersey.  The school was established in 2009 through a partnership between Rowan University, a major New Jersey research university based in Glassboro, and Cooper University Health Care, one of the largest health systems in southern New Jersey with its flagship hospital located in Camden. 

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