At COM’s Diamond PE Center Going Green Means Earning LEED Gold
Kentfield, CA—April 19, 2010—College of Marin officials learned last week that the newly modernized Irwin P. Diamond Physical Education Center has earned LEED Gold.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for all involved in our modernization efforts and a great testament to the leadership and vision of our Board of Trustees who made green building a high priority,” said COM Superintendent/President Dr. Frances L. White.
The “greenness” of a building is evaluated by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certification is determined by a credit system, with credits given for each environmentally sound construction or operational process. The newly refurbished Diamond PE Center earned a high gold designation receiving 47 total LEED credits. The range of credits needed for gold certification is from 39 to 51.
The Diamond Physical Education Center earned high points for optimizing energy performance in the new facility, which is now generating about 50 percent of its own electricity from a photo voltaic array, using solar thermal power to heat water, and includes other energy saving features in its new mechanical systems.
COM earned additional LEED credits for a number of environmentally friendly features, including:
Achieving a high LEED designation is no small feat. Much praise for achieving LEED gold for the new center goes to the design, construction, and management teams that completed the project, including Kwan Henmi Architecture, San Francisco, CA; Alten Construction, Richmond, CA; Swinerton Management & Consulting, San Francisco, CA; and COM’s own Director of Modernization V-Anne Chernock. “We, the Board of Trustees, are thrilled with the LEED GOLD certification/recognition and are so very proud of the work and commitment to sustainability by our entire leadership team, Dr. White, staff, faculty, and administration. Special thanks and appreciation are extended to our Marin Community who gently urged and enabled us to move assertively in this direction," said COM Board of Trustees President Dr. Eva Long. “Big kudos goes out to all involved.”