Barely two years ago, the Castleton Campus Center was nearly 12,000 square feet smaller. The building was riddled with mold, contained an unsightly exterior and was topped with a dark black roof unbefitting of any environmental gains. It possessed little to no sustainable qualities.
However, when the Campus Center was renovated and reopened again in 2009, the differences between the two buildings were immense.
Not only was the new building more aesthetically pleasing, but it was also designed and reconstructed to be far more energy efficient than the old one.
So efficient, that in September 2010, more than a year after the building reopened, it was announced that the design of the building was operating under a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard, according to the US Green Building Council guidelines.
In other words, the Campus Center is at the second highest level of sustainability based on USGBC standards.
Only 11 other buildings in Vermont are worthy of such recognition.