Baylor’s Foster Campus certified LEED Gold for environmental friendliness
Heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the LORD your God, the earth with all that is in it. ~ Deuteronomy 10:14
Baylor’s mission statement heavily emphasizes a “Christian commitment within a caring community” — which includes stewardship for God’s natural resources on the Baylor campus. Baylor’s Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation is the latest proof of that commitment; the 275,000-square-foot building, completed in the fall of 2015, has received an official Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council.
This is a designation given only to buildings that meet the strictest standards for environmental friendliness. And that wasn’t an afterthought; it’s something Baylor kept in mind throughout the design and construction process, from the solar-reflective roof, to the huge atrium windows that let in natural light, to the sustainable landscaping and irrigation systems.
“LEED certification is an arduous process, and we were committed from the very beginning to meeting and exceeding those high standards from the U.S. Green Building Council,” says Brian Nicholson, vice president for facilities and operations at Baylor. “The remarkable Foster Campus was designed to provide a truly distinctive and collaborative student learning experience, which includes modeling for our students how business practices can reflect faith and responsibility to our world.”
The Foster Campus joins many other Baylor buildings, including Truett Seminary’s Baugh-Reynolds Campus, the Highers Athletics Complex/Simpson Center, and the Allison Indoor Practice Facility, in achieving LEED certification.
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