Commonwealth Architects
August 7, 2014

VSU Hunter-McDaniel Hall Earns LEED-NC Silver Certification

KL8A0238Commonwealth Architects is proud to announce that Hunter-McDaniel Hall at Virginia State University has received LEED-NC Silver Certification by the United States Green Building Council.

Designed by Commonwealth Architects and The S/L/A/M Collaborative, a comprehensive renovation and expansion of Hunter-McDaniel Hall converted an outdated, 106,000 square-foot academic building into a dynamic learning and teaching environment to house the School of Engineering, Science and Technology’s Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Nursing, Psychology, Math and Computer Science.

In order to meet the USGBC’s guidelines, the team utilized a balanced approach to green building design, construction, and operations solutions. All parties involved contributed to the certification, including the owner, architects, engineers and contractors. In order to meet the USGBC’s guidelines, the project design utilized a number of sustainable design strategies, including reuse of a campus building, water efficiency, optimized energy performance, indoor air quality and use of sustainable materials/resources.


KL8A8744Developed by the USGBC, LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Commonwealth Architects is a full service Architecture, Historic Architecture, Interior Design, Planning, Landscape Architecture, 3D Visualization, and Urban Design firm. Located in Richmond’s historic Shockoe Slip, the firm was established in 1999. A guiding principle of the firm is the belief that recycling existing buildings through adaptive reuse is fundamentally the ultimate green solution.

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