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New Business School Facility Earns LEED Silver for Eco-Friendly Design

LEED Hariri Buidling

April 16, 2010 – The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded Georgetown’s new Rafik B. Hariri Building a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

LEED is the nation’s pre-eminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

“This is a recognition of the excellence of Georgetown’s standards of stewardship and longstanding commitment to sustainability,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “From the fluidized bed coal boiler in 1979, to the solar panels we installed on the Bunn Intercultural Center in 1982, to our fuel-cell buses, Georgetown has long been green. We’ve done so because of a dedication to the principle of sustainability.”

The Hariri Building, which houses the McDonough School of Business, is the newest building on Georgetown’s campus and also has been recognized for its use of state-of the art technology.

“We teach our students about leadership and social responsibility, and the new Hariri Building shows that we practice what we teach,” said George Daly, business school dean. “We are proud that the Hariri Building provides an ideal setting for teaching and learning while also minimizing its impact on the environment.”

The LEED Silver certification is based on five broad categories: sustainable site design and development, energy, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and water efficiency. The Hariri Building’s green features include:

  • An expected energy savings of 15 percent through efficient lighting design and controls that include dimmable high-efficiency fluorescent fixtures, optimized garage exhaust fan controls and ultra-low-flow lavatory fixtures
  • Water-efficient landscaping
  • Operable exterior windows that contribute to indoor environmental quality
  • Building materials that contain recycled content and were manufactured locally
  • More than half of the construction waste -- 800 tons -- was recycled and reused
  • Low-emitting paints, adhesives, sealants and carpeting
  • Nearly 31 percent of the total building materials were extracted, harvested or recovered as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site

The 179,000-square-foot building opened in summer 2009 with major gifts from alumni fully funding the design and construction of the $82.5 million facility. The university named the building after the late two-time Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik B. Hariri, a noted philanthropist, and advocate of education, through a gift from his son, Saad Hariri (B’92).

The Hariri Building features 15 classrooms, 34 breakout rooms, 15 conference rooms, 11 interview rooms, a 400-seat auditorium, two large lounges, and 120 faculty offices.

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