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Below is the Buildings section of the 2021 Ohio University Sustainability & Climate Action Plan
Buildings category of the SCAP

LEED-Certified Buildings at Ohio University

The University's Design & Construction Standards mandate that all new construction or renovations exceeding costs of $2 million must be built to LEED Silver standards.
Currently, there are over 948,131 square feet of LEED-certified buildings on OHIO campuses.
- The Athens campus has 702,046 combined square feet of Silver-certified buildings, including Walter International Education Center, Nelson Court Dining Hall, Schoonover Center for Communication Phase I, Bush Hall, Grover Center Expansion, Tupper Hall, Jefferson Hall and Sook Academic Center. 
- Schoonover Center for Communication Phase II, Boyd Dining and Campus Market, McCracken Hall and Ellis Hall on the Athens campus contribute 232,085 square feet of Gold-certified square footage.
- The Chillicothe campus is also on the map with the Tech Studies Addition, contributing 14,000 square feet in the Certified category. 

Additional information about our LEED-certified buildings is provided below.

15 Park Place

15 Park Place, or the Walter International Education Center, is the home of the Office of Global Opportunities and International Student and Faculty Services. It was the first LEED certified building (12130 sq ft, LEED Silver) at Ohio University.


The Scripps College of Communications completed two building projects, Scripps Phase I and Scripps Phase II.

Scripps Phase I was a substantial renovation of Schoonover Center. Scripps Phase I is a 110290 sq ft LEED Silver certified project.

Scripps Phase II was a smaller renovation of Schoonover Center (34950 sq ft), and it was awarded LEED Gold certification.

McCracken Hall

McCracken Hall is the first full building on campus to earn Gold status.  "McCracken Hall’s $32.8 million renovation, completed in January 2017, offers students a true 21st-century learning experience. The College’s green-friendly renovation can be felt throughout the building and is summarized on its LEED Wall, which is housed on the third floor. The wall contains various icons and blurbs, as well as an interactive monitor that allows visitors to learn more about the building’s environmentally friendly features, including OHIO’s first green roof, which uses rainfall to conserve water and sustain plant life." (from https://www.ohio.edu/news/archive/stories_18-19_11_Patton-GoldLEED.cfm)

Innovation Comunity connectivity, green space and trees, written on a chalk board.

Tupper Hall

Tupper Hall is a 38,599 square foot LEED Silver certified renovation, completed in 2015 by local architectural firm BDT.  The renovation included a new roof, thermally-efficient aluminum-clad wood windows, and preserved the daylighting features of the original building. (https://bdtaid.com/bdtprojects/ou-tupper-hall/)

Housing Phase I

Housing Phase I, which includes Tanaka, Luchs, Carr and Sowle residence halls, is a certified LEED Silver project.

Chubb Hall Student LEED Evaluation

FY13 Student Report on Chubb Hall By Rich Wilson

LEED Lab at Ohio University

In 2019, Ohio University became the 31st institution world-wide to offer a US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Lab course.  The Civil Engineering LEED Lab course, CE4540/5540:  Sustainable Construction, teaches students to evaluate the operations and maintenance of an existing building on campus using the LEED rating system.  A pilot LEED Lab course was taught in the spring of 2018, and a registered LEED Lab course was taught in spring of 2019 and 2020.

A paper will be presented at the June 2020 American Society for Engineering Education annual conference about Ohio University's 2019 LEED Lab course.

Green Cleaning Policy

OHIO's Green Cleaning Policy.  Ohio University cleans its buildings according to a Green Cleaning Policy, with the exception of food preparation facilities, which are governed by USDA cleaning requirements, and athletic facilities, which are governed by NCAA cleaning requirements.