Welcome Center Earns LEED Certification
Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center
August 6, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center, has been awarded silver certification
as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building – the first
new construction building in Bloomington to be certified by the U.S. Green Building
The building, named in honor of Illinois Wesleyan's 17th president, was designed by
CSO Architects, Inc., as part of Illinois Wesleyan’s continuing efforts to create
a more ecologically friendly or “sustainable” campus. Sustainable features include
a geothermal heating and cooling units, the use of special insulated glass for the
windows that reflects heat, called low-emissivity, or low-e, glass; and the installation
of a traction elevator versus the usual hydraulic elevator.
The U.S. Green Building Council determines an official LEED certified building as
one that meets at least 26 of the 69 possible point requirements. Builders can obtain
higher levels of LEED certification by gaining more points: a certified rating is
26-32 points, a silver rating is 33-38 points, a gold rating is 39-51 points and a
platinum rating is 52 or above points. The University earned 37 points. “We earned
all the points for which we applied,” said Illinois Wesleyan’s Director of Physical
Plant Bud Jorgenson.
The Welcome Center, which houses the Admissions Office and the Hart Career Center,
was dedicated on October of 2008 during Homecoming festivities on campus.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960