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UMD's Chincoteague Hall Renovation Project Wins Gold LEED Certification

December 12, 2012

Dave Ottalini 301-405-4076

By Eveyln Rabil

Video by Louie Dane

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Chincoteague Hall Renovation project at the University of Maryland has earned LEED Gold Certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the program is an internationally recognized green building certification system.

"This is a great example of renewing an aging building in a very sustainable and energy efficient way," says Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Carlo Colella. "We replaced old building systems, connected the facility to a district chilling and heating plant, improved ADA accessibility and updated building finishes."

Chincoteague Hall is the first LEED Gold Certified Renovation project on the College Park campus.  Formerly the home of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the 22,648 square foot  building is now home to a number of departments within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) including the Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, Baha'i Chair for World Peace, the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, as well as faculty and graduate student offices.

"I am delighted by the certification at the gold level. I want to give congratulations to all those concerned with facilities in the college and university who contributed to this wonderful achievement," says BSOS Dean John Townshend.

"The accomplishment of earning LEED Gold Certification for the Chincoteague project is another milestone for the university as it learns how to best design, build and renovate buildings to strict environmental standards," says Scott Lupin, director of the university's Office of Sustainability.

Lupin says the rating system - once considered novel - has now become the standard for major building projects undertaken on campus.
"Facilities Management and other project stakeholders should be proud of this new addition to our growing list of green buildings," he says.


LEED Certification provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED-certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs and increase asset value, reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, be healthier and safer for occupants, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and help organizations qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives.

Facilities Management staff involved in the Chincoteague Hall Renovation project included Mar Ossi, Paul McDonald, Greg Restivo and Skip Dean along with other members of the UMD Capital Projects team.