Sustainable Centre: Buildings

As outlined in Centre College’s ACUPCC action plan, the College is committed to energy conservation in all new construction and major renovation projects on campus. All new buildings and major renovations will be designed and built to conserve energy and enhance the human environment as evaluated by LEED silver standards or equivalent. Certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will be pursued as appropriate.

Centre is the only college in Kentucky to have four LEED-certified buildings (Pearl Hall, Brockman Commons, Campus Center, and Young Hall addition), including two at the Gold level.

Brockman Commons

The A. Eugene Brockman Residential Commons, completed in August 2012, was dedicated on October 20 during Homecoming weekend of the same year. The 124-bed facility, comprised of six separate buildings offering apartment and townhouse living for upperclassmen, opened for the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year. Brockman Commons has geothermal heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and the first solar powered trash compactor on campus. The residential housing complex is certified LEED Silver.

Pearl Hall

Pearl Hall residence hall, opened in August 2008 and dedicated in October 2009, was granted LEED Gold certification in April 2009 by the USGBC for its environmentally friendly design and construction. From the start of planning stages, LEED certification was a major objective for Pearl Hall which has a geothermal heating ventilation and air-conditioning system.

Pearl Hall is Kentucky's first LEED Gold-awarded building and has the highest LEED rating for any residential facility in the state. Explore more about Pearl Hall: its origins; Pearl's LEED certification and what makes it green; and a photo slideshow. Pearl Hall is also the recipient of several awards.

Campus Center

The Campus Center opened in October 2009. The College's Campus Center has been granted Silver LEED certification by the USGBC. To read about what makes the Campus Center green, click here.

Young Hall

The addition to, and renovation of, Centre’s main science building, Young Hall, was completed in fall of 2010 and dedicated in October 2011. Young Hall is certified LEED Gold.

Norton Center for the Arts

The College's Norton Center for the Arts underwent a refurbishment and renovation in 2009. This endeavor included new seats in Newlin Hall, the location of the main stage, and a refurbishment of Weisiger Theatre. In addition, many renovations, listed below, contributed to the Norton Center’s qualification for LEED certification for an existing structure.

Energy-saving renovations include:

  • Two 100-gallon water heaters replace one 500-gallon water heater.
  • All windows and doors are now structured with thermo pane Low-E glass, insulating the building by keeping heat inside during winter and preventing the heat from entering during summer.
  • Lights now use low-wattage CFL or LED bulbs, which use less energy and last 5 to 8 times longer than conventional light bulbs.
  • A new HVAC system is installed.

In March 2013, two large music practice rooms had lighting retrofits completed. More than 80 fluorescent light fixtures were updated with electronic ballasts and T8 bulbs that do not contain mercury.

The College Centre

In 2005, The College Centre, a state-of-the-art academic/athletic complex, underwent an expansion and renovation. The project unifies Crounse and Sutcliffe halls, the main campus academic and athletic facilities, respectively.

Though LEED certification was not pursued on this project, the construction incorporated many best practices for energy conservation and sustainable design. Features of both buildings include: storm water control; water use reduction; construction waste management; use of recycled materials; low-emitting paints, sealants and carpets; and advanced lighting and ventilation controls.

Stone Guest Cottage

In the spring of 2013, high efficiency furnaces and air conditioner systems are being installed at the Stone Guest Cottage.

Olin Hall

In the spring of 2012 the energy management system at Olin Hall was updated. Also a 23-year-old chiller was replaced by a new system with turbocor compressors that are 20-30% more energy efficient.

Identifying energy use across campus

In 2009, Centre’s facilities management department began using the SchoolDude software system to track utilities use by each building and each utility meter. This system allows Centre to readily identify the most and least efficient buildings. From this information, future plans can be developed to improve or replace those buildings.


Brockman Commons Brockman Commons
Pearl Hall Pearl Hall
Campus Center Campus Center
Young Hall Young Hall
Norton Center for the Arts Norton Center for the Arts
Sutcliffe Hall Sutcliffe Hall, part of the College Centre
Stone Guest Cottage Stone Guest Cottage
Olin Hall Olin Hall