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LAVC Student Union Receives a LEED Silver Certification

LAVC has received a LEED Silver certification for its Student Union building (also called the Monarch Center project) from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the third LEED Silver-certified building at the college.

LAVC Student Union Receives a LEED Silver Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council has recently awarded a LEED Silver certification rating to the LAVC Student Union building (also known as the Monarch Center construction project).

The most eye-catching sustainable aspect of the building includes a stormwater management system with a dry river bed feature to direct rainwater to the on-site stormwater retention pond. The retention pond is designed to capture 90% of stormwater run-off, treat it, and allow it to naturally seep back into the underground water table.

The Student Union also features water-efficient landscaping, fixtures that reduce water usage by 20%, and a roof and hardscape surfaces that reduce a heat island effect.

The project was commended for it exemplary use of design to maximize open space within the site. By raising a section of the building to be a second-floor "skybox", space was opened up beneath that area that allowed for more dedicated open space. The maximized open space is greater than the footprint of the building.

The 41,000-square-foot two-story Student Union is a hub for student activity on campus. This student-centered building has a large patio for campus events, as well as a unique second-floor "skybox" feature offers panoramic views of the campus from the outdoor patio and walkway, while providing a sheltered seating underneath for student gatherings.

The building is home to the college's Cafeteria, LAVC Bookstore (Monarch Store), Student Health Center and Student Psychological Services, Business Office, the Student Life Offices, and a brand-new coffee/snack bar called the Lion Cafe. It also houses the college's student government called the Associated Student Union (ASU), a student lounge called the Lion's Den, and a student study room called the Study Lair.

One of the highlights of this new building is a unique "skybox" feature with panoramic views of the campus from the outdoor patio and walkway, with sheltered seating underneath for student gatherings. In addition, the new cafeteria dining area opens up to the covered outdoor patio that can be used as a student event plaza.
One of the highlights of this new building is a unique "skybox" feature with panoramic views of the campus from the outdoor patio and walkway, with sheltered seating underneath for student gatherings. In addition, the new cafeteria dining area opens up to the covered outdoor patio that can be used as a student event plaza.
One of the highlights of this new building is a unique "skybox" feature with panoramic views of the campus from the outdoor patio and walkway, with sheltered seating underneath for student gatherings. In addition, the new cafeteria dining area opens up to the covered outdoor patio that can be used as a student event plaza.
One of the highlights of this new building is a unique "skybox" feature with panoramic views of the campus from the outdoor patio and walkway, with sheltered seating underneath for student gatherings. In addition, the new cafeteria dining area opens up to the covered outdoor patio that can be used as a student event plaza.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party verification for green buildings, and certify that buildings address sustainability issues. Based on a number of points achieved, a project can receive one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. LAVC currently has three LEED Gold, three LEED silver, and three LEED-certified rated buildings on the campus. The newly construction buildings were funded by the voter-supported Proposition A, AA and J.

For more information on bond-funded construction at LAVC, visit the ReVitalizing Valley College Web page

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 7/12/2017 5:00:08 PM