Welcome to CPC's Link to Sustainable Building

Vanderbilt's Legacy of Adaptive Reuse

Both renovations and new construction at Vanderbilt University over the past several decades have applied the principles now codified in the LEED standards. Commitment to long-term ownership and recognition that the operating cost becomes the true expense of a facility across its useful life are often what initially drove responsible environmental planning.

The adaptive reuse of existing facilities and seeking creative ways to incorporate natural lighting have long been hallmarks of Vanderbilt facilities. Images are shown below of several of the atria that were created on campus to introduce daylight while allowing incorporation of existing square footage to avoid wasteful demolition. Dialogue with students over the past several years and the evolution of the LEED process inspired us to undertake LEED certification for new construction of The Commons.

Work Underway For LEED Certification

The Commons project will construct 5 new residence halls and a dining center on Vanderbilt's Peabody campus to provide the foundation of our College Halls system which will evolve into Vanderbilt's model of a residential college program. The Commons will bring together all first-year students in a community set to open in the fall of 2008.

The first two of the five new houses were occupied in fall of 2006 and have been submitted for LEED certification. The remaining three, the dining hall, and an existing residence hall undergoing a total renovation, are on the LEED track with our goal being to have 7 LEED-certified facilities by 2008.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). For more information, visit http://www.usgbc.org/ .

For more information, visit: the new Vanderbilt Sustainability Web site: www.vanderbilt.edu/sustainvu.

Capital Projects
Check here for Adaptive Reuse & Campus Atria
Renovated / Expanded Facilities New Construction
1. Sarratt Student Center
2. Buttrick Hall
4. Engineering
5. Wyatt Center
6. Student Life Center
7. Ingram Studio Arts Center
8. Student Recreation Center
Check here for LEED Progress
Occupied and Submitted to LEED In Construction With Materials Being Gathered
9. Crawford House
10. Sutherland House
11. Dorm
12. Dorm
13. Dorm
14. Dining Center
15. Gillette House
Project MapWyatt CenterCrawford HouseSutherland HouseNew DormNew DormNew DormGillette HouseDiningMRB IIIEngineeringButtrick HallSarratt Student CenterStudent Recreation CenterStudio Arts CenterStudent Life Center