Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Residence on 10th Takes Gold

The Residence on 10th earned a distinction held by no other building on the Columbus campus when the project achieved LEED Gold certification this May.

LEED is a performance-based green building rating system developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington DC-based nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders.  It stands for "Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design."

As the internationally recognized standard for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of energy efficient and sustainable structures, it emphasizes operational best practices, giving building owners and operators the tools and holistic approach to have an immediate and measurable impact on building performance. LEED integrates the efforts of university engineers, architects, planners, facility managers, and project managers behind the university's strong commitments to environmental stewardship and sustainability. 

Building performance considered for LEED certification includes a wide range of criteria: sustainable site, water efficiency, materials, resources, energy, atmosphere, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. Sustainability and environmental components that garnered enough total points to earn the Gold certification for the Residence on 10th include:

  • Energy efficient geothermal cooling & heating.
  • White roofing reflects heat and sunlight, reducing heat around the building and making it less taxing for the HVAC systems.
  • Large glass windows improve natural lighting and reduce the use of electricity.
  • Integral sun shading devices.
  • More than 1,300 sq.ft. of indoor, secure bike storage that accommodates 80 bikes encourages alternative transportation.
  • Water-efficient landscaping and efficient plumbing fixtures reduce overall water consumption.
  • Innovation in overall design.

"We are committed to incorporating sustainable practices into efforts university-wide, but we know we have significant opportunity to have a measureable impact with major construction projects," said Jay Kasey, senior vice president of Administration and Planning at Ohio State. "LEED ensures that all university building projects meet or exceed rigorous energy efficiency and green building standards in all phases of design and construction, while providing the educational and knowledge-based resources necessary to instill sustainability concepts in our campus infrastructure."

As part of the William Hall Complex Expansion, the Residence on 10th is a $37 million new construction project, spanning a year and a half. The nearly 186,000-sq.ft. building has six floors, with rooms laid out as six person suites, each with three bedrooms of two students each, a living room, and individual bathrooms/showers with three sinks.  With 533 beds total, it houses 510 upperclassmen, 16 Resident Advisors, and seven Hall Directors in staff apartments.

"The Ohio State University and our students share a common interest in sustainability, and it is critically important that our living spaces reflect this commitment," said Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Life.  "We are proud to be a leader in demonstrating how environmentally friendly designs that benefit the university and improve the lives of our students can be incorporated into large building projects." 

The Ohio State University, Columbus campus, has 25 construction projects with LEED certification or in the process of being LEED-certified, totaling nearly $1.5 billion. This June, the Prior Hall addition, which encompassed two floors and approximately 36,000 gross square feet of new clinical education space, also achieved LEED Gold certification.


Dave Isaacs