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LEEDPenn State requires that all new and renovated facilities be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

The U.S. Green Building Council Central Pennsylvania (USGBC Central Pennsylvania) honored the Penn State Office of Physical Plant (OPP) with its Sustainable Leader of the Year award in November 2016. OPP was among several organizations and individuals honored with one of USGBC Central Pennsylvania’s Forever Green awards.

The Sustainable Leader of the Year award is given to a company or institution that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the LEED rating system. As a result of OPP’s commitment to have all new construction and major renovations at University Park, the Commonwealth campuses and Hershey Medical Center meet LEED standards, there are more than 40 LEED-certified buildings at Penn State campuses.

In addition, OPP’s commitment led to several firsts for the Business Building, which was dedicated in 2005 and is home to the Smeal College of Business. The Business Building is the first building to be certified through LEED v4 at any higher education institution in Pennsylvania, the first LEED v4 project in general in the 34-county Central Pennsylvania region and the first LEED v4 Existing Building certification at Penn State.

About LEED

LEED is a rating system for sustainable building development. LEED-certified buildings must meet high standards for indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and water conservation. They must also feature recycled, renewable, or locally-sourced materials. LEED is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders headquartered in Washington, DC. There are four levels of certification: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified. 



Completed LEED Projects

updated Dec. 12, 2018

Building Campus Location Certification Status Certification Date
Biobehavioral Health Building University Park Certified 2016
CEDAR Building Renovation University Park Certified 2015
Hershey Medical Center Cancer Institute Hershey Certified 2011
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park University Park Certified 2007
Moore Building Addition University Park Certified 2014
Moore Renovation University Park Certified 2015
Nittany Lion Softball Park University Park Certified 2012
Worthington Scranton Business Building Worthington Scranton Certified 2010
"Building 10,000" Residence Hall at Penn State Harrisburg (Watch the Video!) Harrisburg Silver 2010
Dickinson Law School Carlisle Silver 2012
HHD Building University Park Silver 2016
IM Building Addition (Phase II) University Park Silver 2015
Lewis Katz Building University Park Silver 2009
Nittany Apartments V Schuylkill Silver  
North Frear Building University Park Silver 2010
Student Health and Counseling Services Building University Park Silver 2010
Wilkes Barre Academic Commons Wilkes Barre Silver 2010
Borland Building University Park Gold 2009
Business Building* University Park Gold 2015
Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building Berks Gold 2012
IM Building (Phase I) University Park Gold  
Millenium Science Complex University Park Gold 2013
Pegula Ice Arena University Park Gold 2015
Recreation Hall Addition University Park Gold 2008
Stuckeman Family Building University Park Gold 2007
Child Care Center at Hort Woods University Park Platinum 2013
Eva J. Pell Laboratory for Advanced Biological Research University Park Certified 2013
Burrowes Renovation University Park Silver 2014
Cooper/Hoyt Hall University Park Silver 2016
Earle Hall University Park Silver 2018
Ewing/Cross Hall University Park Silver 2016
Forest Resources Building University Park Silver 2007
Haller/Lyons Hall University Park Certified 2016
Hibbs Stephens Hall University Park Certified 2016
IM Building Addition (Phase III) University Park Silver 2018
Robert and Sally Metzgar Alumni & Admissions Welcome Center Erie Certified 2012
Chace Hall University Park Certified 2016
Orchard Hall Brandywine Silver 2018
Steidle Building Renewal University Park Silver 2018
Stuart Hall University Park Silver 2018
Data Center* University Park Certified 2016
Educational Activities  Harrisburg Silver 2016
Lions Gate Apartments Schuykill Gold 2018
Hershey Medical Center Children's Hospital Hershey Certified 2011

*All buildings on this list were certified under Building Design & Construction - New Construction excluding the Business Building and Data Center at University Park. The Business Building was certified under Existing Building - Operations and Maintenance and the Data Center was certified under Building Design & Construction - Data Center . 

LEED Projects In Progress

updated Dec 12, 2018

Building Campus Location
Erie Residence Hall Harrisburg
South Frear University Park
South Halls Master Site University Park
Greenburg Inddor Sports Renovation University Park
HUB Addition and Renovation University Park