Cleveland State University's Julka Hall has been awarded LEED Gold certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Julka Hall, which opened in 2010 on the CSU campus in Cleveland, is home to the College of Education and Human Services and the School of Nursing. Designed by the Columbus, Ohio, office of the international architecture and design firm NBBJ, Julka Hall is named in honor of CSU alumnus Anand “Bill” Julka, founder of the Cleveland-based information-technology company Smart Solutions.
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. There are four levels of LEED certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
Julka Hall's LEED Gold certification — the highest LEED honor yet for Cleveland State — makes it the third LEED-certified building at the University, which has been transformed dramatically in recent years by a $500-million architectural makeover. Two other new additions to the CSU campus have earned LEED honors: the Recreation Center (LEED Certified) and the Euclid Commons residence hall (LEED Silver). LEED certification for a fourth building, the University's new Student Center, is pending.
“Cleveland State University is honored to have LEED Gold status bestowed upon Julka Hall,” said CSU President Ronald Berkman. “The ever-growing list of environmentally-friendly new buildings on campus that have earned prestigious LEED certifications underscores the University's ongoing commitment to sustainability. CSU will continue to take great care to remake its campus in ways that support environmental stewardship.”
“As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, Julka Hall is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. “With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC's vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation. The work of innovative building projects such as those on the Cleveland State University campus is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”