UC Lindner College of Business Courtyard

UC College of Business achieves LEED Gold Certification

The College of Business is the newest LEED® certified building on UC’s campus.

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Carl H. Lindner College of Business building LEED Gold certification under the v4 BD+C New Construction rating system. The new, $120M, four-story facility opened fall semester 2019 and is a showcase of sustainable design. Collaborating with internationally recognized design architect, Henning Larsen of Copenhagen, Denmark, KZF Design acted as Architect of Record and interior designer for the new, 225,000 SF state-of-the-art business school facility.

UC Lindner College of Business Exterior View

Architects and sustainability specialists collaborated with the entire project design team and the University to integrate optimized energy performance, thermal comfort, and daylight conditions. Elements inside and outside the building factored in the achievement of LEED Gold certification, including “green” vegetated roofs which improve rainwater management and water use reduction, and the courtyards which contribute to quality views in and out of the building, design for active occupants, and innovation.

Other key aspects of the design critical to attaining the certification are the accessible/walkable site, open ground floor and atrium stair and the ubiquitous windows and skylights allowing for abundant daylighting and energy performance.

UC Lindner College of Business Atrium

The Lindner College of Business building geometry (height, facades, orientation, and position on the site) adds to the landmark nature of the architecture on the University of Cincinnati campus and the buildings to its LEED Gold status. Significantly, the new building is first on the campus designed to meet USGBC’s stringent v4 standards, which has many more requirements than previous iterations.

UC Lindner College of Business Seating Area

The LEED certification scorecard can be viewed on UC’s website by clicking here.

KZF was also the Architect of Record for the LEED Certified Campus Recreation Center and Student Housing Complex, which was at the time the largest LEED certified structure in the Cincinnati region.

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