Western’s Coleman Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

Western Technical College’s Coleman Center recently achieved gold certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The building, which was originally built in 1923, was remodeled in 2016. The project highlighted wide-ranging energy efficient building systems, extensive construction activity pollution protection, and alternative transportation for low emission vehicles.In total, Western’s efforts in all of its LEED facilities has led to a total cost avoidance of over $2.5 million.

 “What is especially unique about this certification is the original age of the building,” said Casey Meehan, sustainability coordinator at Western. “Rather than knocking the building down and starting from scratch, we remodeled it into a building that is highly efficient.”

Key partners include Kraus Anderson, HSR Associates, Weiser Brothers General Contractor, Inc., and RDG Planning and Design.

This is the ninth Western building to receive LEED certification, and fourth to receive the gold rating.Western’s Lunda Center, Kumm Center Student Union and Campus Shop, and Black River Falls Regional Location are LEED Silver certified. Western’s Sparta Public Safety Training Center, Truck and Heavy Equipment Facility, and Viroqua Regional Location are Gold certified. Western’s Integrated Technology Center is LEED Platinum certified, the highest rating awarded by LEED.

For more information about LEED certification, visit the U.S. Green Building Council website at www.usgbc.org. To learn more about Western’s sustainability efforts, visit www.westerntc.edu/sustainability.