Centre College's Pearl Hall becomes first GOLD LEED certified building in Kentucky

RELEASED: April 7, 2009

DANVILLE, KYCentre College is proud to announce that Pearl Hall, a residence hall that opened in August 2008, has been granted GOLD LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Pearl Hall is the first building in Kentucky to receive the GOLD LEED certification and the highest LEED certification for any Kentucky educational institution facility. This also marks the first GOLD LEED certified building completed by Hastings and Chivetta Architects, Inc.

"Centre has quietly become a regional and national leader in the area of sustainability," says Centre President John Roush. "This GOLD LEED designation is another example of the ways in which Centre College's faculty, staff and students have chosen to care about and care for their environment."

Adds Randy Hays, vice president and dean of student life: "I know that our students are concerned about the environment, and having this building be as 'green' as possible was one of our goals in the early planning stages for this residence hall. However, I don't think any of us dared to dream we'd be able to achieve GOLD certification. This is a real tribute to the students, faculty and staff that were part of the planning process with our architect partners Hastings and Chivetta."

Pearl Hall was built using sustainable design and materials, including a variable irrigation system, which eliminates the need for permanent and constant use of water for irrigation; low-flow shower heads, lavatories and sinks, and dual-flush toilets; controllability of lighting, heating and cooling; paints, adhesives and sealants that contain no harmful ingredients; carpeting that meets the requirements of Green Label Plus carpeting; recycling containers throughout the building; efficient, front-loading washing machines; high recycled content and regional materials within the structure of the building; and a geothermal heating and cooling system.


The heating and cooling system takes advantage of the more constant temperature underground (warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer) to reduce energy consumption. The system employs 65 wells drilled 300 feet deep and utilizing 7.3 miles of piping. Water is pumped through the pipes to absorb, retain and then radiate the desired temperature depending on the season.

Pearl Hall was made possible by a gift from Centre trustee Robert Brockman '63. The residence hall is named in memory of Brockman's mother and grandmother, both of whom were named Pearl. A dedication of Pearl Hall will take place during 2009 Homecoming festivities.

Both the Centre and Danville communities are welcome to a casual tour of Pearl Hall this Thursday, April 9, at 11 a.m. Individuals will be present to field questions regarding the GOLD LEED certification and the specifics of the building.

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Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Consumers Digest ranks Centre No. 1 in educational value among all U.S. liberal arts colleges. Centre alumni, known for their nation-leading loyalty in annual financial support, include two U.S. vice presidents and two Supreme Court justices. For more, visit http://archive.centre.edu/web/elevatorspeech/

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