August 12, 2010
BLOUNT, TN — The new Blount County campus of Pellissippi State Community College has a traditional schoolhouse brick with soft blues and warm toasty colors throughout the new college, but believe the engineers, architects and planners when they tell you: Blount''s new campus is really "green," according to Blount Today.
Planners designed the building to be environmentally friendly and built in touches that encourage green practices, the article noted.
The building is not Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, however: Dave Walton, director of Facilities, Safety and Security, said that during the design process, they opted not to pursue LEED certification.
"LEED certification is a hot topic and something to strive for, but it is fairly expensive to achieve. The Tennessee Board of Regents adopted the sustainable guidelines for construction of new buildings and these paralleled the LEED certification requirements without going through the process of LEED certification," Walton stated.
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