Dean Hall is the first construction project to achieve LEED Gold GBCI (Green Business Certification Incorporated) certification on the Central Washington University campus. GBCI is the only certification and credentialing body within the green business and sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials of LEED.
Dean Hall ultimately exceeded the requirement of LEED Silver certification that is required by Washington State.
The water usage in Dean Hall is lowered due to several features, including the dual flush toilets, low flow showers, and low flow sinks.
There is also water efficient landscaping around the exterior of the building that decreases the use of potable water.
Dean Hall also went through a commissioning process which included hiring a commissioner to design a commissioning plan, oversee the development and construction process, and finally write a report verifying that the systems designed function in the way they were intended. The commissioner is a third party agent contracted through the Owner’s Project Manager.
Dean Hall achieved over 22% every savings that earned 5 LEED points. The building was renovated with new insulation, roofing, windows and doors, lighting, plumbing, and HVAC systems. The heating system in Dean utilizes the steam that is recaptured at the steam plant. Cooling of the building is aided by campus chilled water.
The lighting in the building is mostly T-5 high efficiency lamps and electronic ballasts which help to earn the 5 LEED point for Energy Optimization.
Dean Hall’s building reuse was utilized and over 75% of the existing building shell and structure were protected and remain intact. Over 68% of demolition and construction waste was diverted from reaching a landfill. The steel, concrete, and ceiling tiles together contain 9% of recycled materials. 29% of the same materials were locally sourced and 79% of the wood in the building is Forest Stewardship Council certified wood products.
Dean Hall also has collection areas for recyclables to reduce waste and promote proper recycling practices.
Dean Hall has low-emitting materials that are adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings, carpets, and composite wood products were specified and installed. The custodial closets and labs are separated from the classroom spaces and are exhausted to prevent cross-contamination. Daylighting with large windows throughout the building gives the occupants a connection between the indoor spaces and the outdoors.