A classroom building that opened in 2012 on the campus of Johnson County Community College has earned a LEED platinum certification for its energy savings and environmentally friendly construction.
Galileo’s Pavilion is the second building at the college to earn the LEED rating, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The school’s Olathe Health Education Center that opened two years ago earned a gold ranking.
Galileo’s Pavilion was designed by students from Studio 84, a design and build program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning. The building features photovoltaic panels, a wind turbine to provide electricity, a system that collects rain from the roof in a cistern that irrigates the green walls and supplies flush valves in the restrooms, reclaimed glass windows and a rain garden.
The LEED program is supervised by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The classroom received 85 points out of a maximum 125 for the rating system. Platinum, which is the top rating, requires at least 80 points. The pavilion received the maximum number of points for water efficiency, innovation and regional priorities, and all but two of the possible points for indoor environmental quality, according to the college.
The college’s recently opened Hospitality and Culinary Academy was also built according to LEED standards, but has not yet been certified.