PROVIDENCE, RI — Two of Rhode Island''s newest and most innovative buildings have earned "Gold" designations from the U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) for achieving exceptional standards for energy efficiency and sustainability, according to the Rhode Island Environmental Journal.
The $54 million Center for Biotechnology
opened last year at the University of Rhode Island
. The building is the first to receive the Gold designation at URI, the article stated.
"The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) award is the result of a determined team of design architects, building committee, capital planning and capital project staff and many more that worked on the design and construction," said Robert A. Weygand
, vice president of administration and finance at URI.
The new headquarters building for FM Global
, the state''s largest private company and one of the world''s largest business insurers, opened last fall in Johnston. Its new Gold rating identifies it as the most environmentally friendly office building in the state, the article noted.
"Our new corporate offices blend the engineering advice we provide our clients with today''s most advanced sustainable building practices. We believe it''s vitally important to construct buildings that are built to last, minimize environmental impact and promote the health and wellness of employees who work in them." said Shivan S. Subramaniam
, chairman and chief operating officer (CEO) of FM Global.