Spring 2010
Denison's Bryant Arts Center Renovation and Addition Earns LEED GOLD Certification!

(Central Atrium of Bryant Arts Center, Denison University - Photography©Brad Feinknopf 2009)

After 24 months of construction, the 45,000 SF $14 million Bryant Arts Center addition and renovation project is completed. Originally called Cleveland Hall, the building was constructed in 1904 and included a men’s gymnasium, swimming pool, auditorium, library and meeting rooms. In the late 1970’s, the structure was converted to house the studio art department. In this recent renovation the only portions of the original building that remained were the perimeter walls and the roof structure. The interior floor structures, walls, ceilings, and mechanical/plumbing/electrical materials were demolished and recycled. Now completed, the six story Bryant Arts Center, is drastically transformed, providing more space and greater functionality to meet the needs of the University. 

One of the many critical aspects presented to the project team on this building was the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) construction. The LEED green building system is the standard for construction that minimizes the impact of the built environment on our natural and social landscape. This is a voluntary, national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Recycling is only one of the many LEED procedures that were implemented on this project, others include: light pollution reduction, water efficient landscaping, water use reduction, building re-use, use of regional materials, increased ventilation and use of low-emitting materials.  

All of the planning and hard work paid off.  After going through the certification process with the United States Green Building Commission, the project earned 44 of a possible 69 points qualifying it for LEED GOLD certification!  

Arguably one the most challenging projects that we have completed, it is a great accomplishment to deliver this extremely complex project on time and under budget.


For more information contact:
Andrea Schmitt

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