Arcadia Studio, Landscape Architecture

13 May 09

Arcadia’s UCSB Housing Project is LEED Gold by Justin Dullum

The movement towards building sustainable landscapes and architecture marches forward, and Arcadia Studio is always proud to see one of its projects take the lead, or in this case, LEED. Inexpensive pun aside, the University of California's San Clemente Student Housing Project has officially been given a "Gold" rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating Systemâ„¢ is a stringent 100 point based design guideline that awards projects points for specific attributes of sustainability. For a project to achieve a Gold rating, it must gather a minimum of 60 points, which is no small feat. The press release explains that a lack of green standards for housing or residence hall construction forced the design team to get creative. "A lot of hard work went into this," said Wilfred Brown, executive director of UCSB's Housing & Residential Services. "We had to look at what was being done for industrial construction, for new classrooms, or laboratories, and adapt it for housing."

Arcadia's Senior Associate Landscape Architect Brian Brodersen led our design effort on this project. Congratulations, Brian ~

The full announcement lives here, as do pictures of the project.