Bowling Green State University’s University Hall Renovation Awarded Prestigious LEED® Gold Building Certification


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Bowling Green State University’s University Hall Renovation Awarded Prestigious LEED® Gold Building Certification

Columbus, Ohio, March 29, 2018 – The University Hall Renovation at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) was recently awarded LEED® Gold. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

The University Hall Renovation, designed by BHDP Architecture, welcomed students in the Fall of 2017 at BGSU in Bowling Green, Ohio. It is a dynamic facility housing the offices of several high-impact university programs along with the relocation of the Admissions Office, creating an engaging and impressive first experience for prospective students and guests. It also includes cutting-edge classrooms that service the entire campus, illustrating the latest benchmarks in flexible and adaptable active learning environments.

“BHDP is excited to have had the opportunity to be a part of the outstanding renovation of BGSU’s most recognizable building,” says architect and higher education market leader Paul Orban, AIA, of BHDP. “The collaboration between BGSU’s leadership, the BHDP design team, and the contracting community has led to the creation of a building that serves to advance BGSU’s Master Plan Traditions to Tomorrow with a transformation that is truly remarkable.”

Sustainability was of utmost importance during the design and for the operation of the building. New windows throughout the entire building, reminiscent of the grand divided lights of the original building, help incorporate the strategic integration of natural light sources. Efficient LED light fixtures, reduced potable water plumbing fixtures, and commitment to provide at least 35% of the building’s electricity from renewable sources all play a part to lessen the carbon footprint of the building. Low emitting materials along with enhanced commissioning efforts will serve to better the indoor environment for the daily users of the project as well as it many visitors. When reducing the physical footprint of the building and restoring back valuable green space, over 90% of the materials removed were diverted from the landfill.

“BGSU’s University Hall LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and University Hall serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. More than 72,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 13.8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 150 countries.

About BHDP

BHDP, an award-winning international architectural firm with offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, OH; Atlanta, GA; Pittsburgh, PA; and Raleigh and Charlotte, NC; is recognized for intelligent, innovative and inspiring solutions in architecture, planning, interior design, project management, strategic consulting; and now offers custom facility management, location tracking tools and analytic support via AVUITY, its independent tech services consulting practice. BHDP serves five core markets; Workplace, Retail, Higher Education, Science and Integrated Industrial Design. For information visit

About Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University provides experiences that enhance lives. Students are prepared for lifelong career growth, lives of engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society. U.S. News and World Report names BGSU as one of the top public universities nationwide with a strong commitment to first-year programs that lead to success. Within our transformative learning community, we build a welcoming, safe and diverse environment where the creative ideas and achievements of all can benefit others throughout Ohio, the nation and the world.


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous, healthy, and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

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