Northridge--The Student Recreation Center received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold status certification in Oct. 2012. LEED is an internationally recognized green building program, which provides building owners and operators with a frame work for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building components.
“Years of hard work from numerous people on the SRC project team have paid off,” said Jimmy Francis, Director of the SRC. “We can be very proud that the USU and CSUN are committed to sustainability, environmental awareness and implementing practical solutions to help reduce our demand on natural resources.”
To achieve gold status, the SRC was ranked outstanding in five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. Many of the SRC’s features such as water-saving faucets, the usage of Solatubes, and Photovoltaic (solar) panels on the roof helped the SRC achieve LEED Gold Status.
“Seeking any way to reduce the negative environmental footprint of your facility is the responsible route to take in this new era of facility development,” said Francis. “This is especially true in an era where we are more conscious of sustainable building practices.”
The SRC opened in spring 2012 as CSUN’s new exercise and leisure activities facility. Its purpose is to promote health and wellness, along with being an environmentally friendly building. The SRC contains two activity courts for multiple sports, three different fitness zones equipped with a variety of equipment, an indoor jogging track, rock climbing wall and the upcoming outdoor artificial turf field will open spring 2013.