Bill & Melinda Gates Hall

Achieved LEED Gold Certification, achieving 61 out of 110 possible points...

Designed by the elite architectural team at Morphosis lead by Pritzker Prize winning architect Thom Mayne, the angular sunshades adorning Gates Hall contributed to the LEED gold certification of the structure. Light is introduced into this computing center strategically, reducing the electrical load necessary to light spaces, while also blocking heat-inducing sunlight at differing periods in the solar cycle.

Gates Hall interior(Jason Koski/University Photography)
Gates Hall interior(Jason Koski/University Photography)

Read the final USGBC review report (pdf).

How is "Green” measured?

Under the LEED Green Building Design and Construction standard, a credit system with a maximum of 110 points is used to measure environmental performance.

The USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) awards points in 5 main categories:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy/Atmosphere
  • Materials / Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

A project can earn additional points for innovative approaches and by having a LEED accredited professional part of the project Team.

What are the Possible Ratings?

  • Certified: 40 - 49 points
  • Silver: 50 - 59 points
  • Gold: 60 - 79 points
  • Platinum: 80 + points

How Does Gates Hall Stack Up?

CategoryPossible Pts  Earned Pts
110 61
Sustainable Sites 26 19
Water Efficiency 10 6
Energy / Atmosphere 35 17
Materials / Resources 14 2
Indoor Environmental Quality 15 9
Innovation & Design 6 6
Regional Priority 4 2

Project Highlights

  • Project designers strove to incorporate recycled content and regionally manufactured materials in the building and furnishings. The modern interior design emphasizes the structural building components (concrete and metal). Both of these products contain a large percentage of recycled content.
  • The building energy use and equipment performance has been fully commissioned and will be constantly revisited by University Energy and Sustainability department staff who seek to maximize performance and cut energy use at the University. This benefits both the planet and ensures our maximum return on the investment we make in efficiency in our buildings.

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