the inside of an auditorium in Dockser Hall

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The Northeastern University School of Law's Dockser Hall recently earned LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green building council, the nation's second highest "green" building status. It is the first LEED Gold building at Northeastern.

"Receiving LEED Gold certification for the Dockser Hall renovation is a wonderful way to recognize the deep commitment Northeastern has made to green building and environmental sustainability on our campus," says Nancy May, vice president for facilities. "It's our aim to continue to be a sustainability leader among urban universities nationwide."

Dockser Hall, located on Forsyth Street, underwent an extensive renovation beginning in July 2008 and was completed August 2009. The building previously housed the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, with a large gym and dance studio. It now provides classrooms and offices for the School of Law, including a mock courtroom, student lounge space, and law clinics.

Because the renovations were extensive, the project was evaluated according to new construction criteria that fall into categories such as design innovation, indoor environment quality, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and sustainable sites. According to Frank Mahoney, director of special projects for facilities, innovations like low-flow lavatories and a new irrigation system are expected to reap significant savings in operating costs.

Ninety-six percent of construction waste from the project was sent to recycling plants.

"The University has been committed to sustainable construction on previous projects," says Mahoney. "The decision to pursue LEED certification on the Dockser Hall renovation stems from our commitment to pursue LEED certification on all new capital projects."

Next to undergo the LEED Gold certification process is Northeastern's new residence hall International Village. Results should be in early next year, says Mahoney.