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Designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), with a silver certification for the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the Lois Rhame West Center was constructed (and operates) using leading-edge environmentally conscious features. With its leading-edge environmentally conscious features (pdf - 455 KB), the West Center, which opened in September 2007, is both the largest and the most energy-efficient building on Winthrop's main campus. The design also provides health benefits to the entire Winthrop community including bicycle racks, shower facilities, and lockers for our bicycle commuters.

As a state agency, Winthrop University must comply with Sustainable Construction Act of 2007 Section 48-52-800. This legislation requires the application of green building or comparable standards to measures of energy efficiency and energy conservation to state-funded facility projects (see section 48-52-830 (A)(1)). All major facility projects in this state, as defined in section 48-52-810(10)(a)(i), must be designed, constructed, and at least certified as receiving two globes using the Green Globes Rating System or receiving the LEED silver standard. All major facility projects in this state, as defined in section 48-52-810(10)(a)(ii) or (iii), must be analyzed using a life cycle cost analysis comparing the cost and benefits of designing, constructing, maintaining, and operating the facility at the LEED silver standard or two globes standard, or better, with certification; normal industry and regulatory standards as applicable; or some standard between the two that causes the project to be designed and constructed in a manner that achieves the lowest thirty-year life cycle cost.

Sun shades are used to lessen heat gain on the southern elevation of the building. Use of low, cut-off light fixtures prevents light pollution in the night sky.

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