Providing a sustainable building for future growth
The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology now has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified location, recognizing it as best-in-class for building strategies and practices.
LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable and clean energy.
Gregg Tyree, Director of Operations for HudsonAlpha, said LEED certification shows that the Institute is making an effort to reduce the impact that the built environment has on the natural and human environment.
“When making a LEED building, you are trying to make a green, or sustainable, building,” Tyree said. “For the entire life cycle of the facility, you are trying to reduce waste, pollution, operating costs and make sure that the air quality is good for those working in the building.”
The U.S. Green Building Council awarded 701 McMillian Way the LEED Core and Shell certification. The third building added to the HudsonAlpha biotech campus, 701 McMillian Way houses resident associate companies CFD Research Corporation, MVW Nutritionals along with multiple HudsonAlpha departments.
In order to receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. The location achieved the “Certified” level and earned points for water efficiency.
“As HudsonAlpha grows, we want to build in sustainable, resource-efficient ways. This is another example of how we look toward the future as we work daily to improve the health and well being for people in this community and beyond,” said HudsonAlpha President Rick Myers, Ph.D.
LEED certification is a step toward achieving HudsonAlpha’s strategic goal of developing the biotech campus and fostering bio-entrepreneurship.