Ryan Hall receives LEED Gold Certification

by William G. Gilroy

Ryan Hall

The University of Notre Dame’s Ryan Hall has received LEED Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Ryan Hall is a 74,000-square-foot women’s residence hall located on Notre Dame’s West Quad near the Eck Center.

The hall opened in the fall of 2009 and includes many sustainable design and construction features.

• The total combined post- and pre-consumer recycled content materials used in the project was 31 percent (includes content in the structural steel and rebar, concrete, metal studs, ceramic tile, VCT, insulation, door frames, drywall and ceiling tiles)

• Thirty-nine percent of all building materials were extracted and manufactured within a 500-mile radius from campus

• A total of 970 tons of construction waste were diverted from landfills to become recycled content for other building products (representing 76 percent of the total construction waste generated on the project)

• Ninety-one percent of the spaces in the building have natural daylight and exterior views

• Ryan Hall is located within a quarter-mile radius from two campus bus shuttles and one Transpo “The Sweep” route express stop

• The project included automatic lighting control and special lenses on the building light to considerably reduce light pollution

• All the carpet used on the project meets the requirements of CRI Green Label Plus Program

• The building uses low flow urinals, faucets, shower heads, and dual-flush, low-flow toilets for water savings which produce a total water savings per year of 32 percent

Geddes Hall, the 65,500-square-foot-home of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns and Institute for Church Life, was the first building at Notre Dame to be LEED certified. It opened in August 2009.

Contact: Doug Marsh, associate vice president and University architect, dmarsh@nd.edu