SOURCE: Engberg Anderson, Inc

Engberg Anderson, Inc

June 20, 2012 14:00 ET

Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life LEED ® Gold Certified

MADISON, WI--(Marketwire - Jun 20, 2012) - The UW Hillel Foundation announced today that the Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life has been awarded LEED® Gold established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED® is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

"A green building was an early requirement for our students. They led the charge for sustainability, and we were glad they did. The building is marvelous, and the cost savings substantial. We are honored to be LEED certified," said Greg Steinberger, Hillel's Executive Director. Hillel at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is home to over 5,000 Jewish students on campus and provides programs and activities for the campus community at large. The Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life is the first LEED Gold certified Hillel.

Designed by Engberg Anderson and constructed by J.H. Findorff & Son, the team assisted UW Hillel in achieving its goal of creating a new, long lasting facility that would reduce impact on the environment, while minimizing operating costs.

Some of its most notable sustainable features include:

  • Zero irrigation used for landscaping; plants are native and well suited for the location. Potable water use reduction is 46% better than a baseline building, through the use of low flow faucets and shower heads, waterless (non-flush) urinals and dual flush toilets.

  • A solar hot water system is located on the roof of the building providing an on-site renewable energy system that supplies up to 80% of the energy for the building's hot water needs. Energy monitoring is incorporated for initial use and easy expansion. The building was designed to use 25% less energy than a typical non-green building and actual energy savings are exceeding original projections.

  • 97% of the demolition and new construction waste (over 1,040 tons) was diverted from the landfill during construction.

  • Re-use and redevelopment of its original urban site, in one of the densest areas of Madison, maximized existing infrastructure. Non-vehicular transportation is encouraged by close proximity to bus lines, 24 bike storage spaces and changing facilities with showers used by staff, students and visitors.

  • Vehicle impact on the project is minimized by the location of ten automobile parking spaces in a garage space under the building. Exterior impervious surfaces are minimal due to no exterior on-site automobile parking spaces. Preferred parking places for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles are also designated within the parking garage.

  • Nearly half (45%) of the materials used on the building are considered regionally sourced, meaning they have been extracted and processed within 500 miles of the site.

  • Daylighting and window views are maximized on this tight urban site. Large expanses of windows using high performance insulated glazing with low e-coating capture the northern light, drawing light deep within the space. The facility also has an advanced lighting control system that provides options and flexibility for the user, but also incorporates occupancy sensors and a fine tuned programming system to maximize energy efficiency.

Using LEED to guide the design process, UW Hillel, Engberg Anderson and J.H. Findorff & Son have created a healthy environment that is not only energy and resource efficient, but also serves as a learning laboratory for staff, visitors and the community.

This latest certification is in the most recent addition to a long list of awards the project has received, including the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation's inaugural "Future Landmark Award," and InBusiness Magazine's recognition in several categories, including "Best of the Decade."

Founded in 1987, Engberg Anderson, Inc. is a major full-service architectural, planning and interior design firm with offices in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Tucson, Arizona. Our staff offers expertise in several areas including health care, cultural, library, multi-unit housing/ mixed-use, heritage conservation, corporate and sustainable design. For more information, please visit our website at

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