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Century-old university building earns gold by going green
A renovated visitors’ center and administrative building on the campus of Loyola University in New Orleans has earned LEED Gold certification. Designed by Mathes Brierre Architects, the upgrade includes green features that have provided the 101-year-old Thomas Hall with a 30% savings in energy and an overall cost savings of 27% since the renovation. Twenty percent of materials within the building contain recycled content. Use of native plants and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures led to a 47% reduction in water use. Landis Construction Co. served as general contractor.