Skanska-Constructed Rubenstein Arts Center Receives LEED Silver Certification
DURHAM, NC — Skanska USA announces that the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University has received LEED Silver certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is a program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices in green building.
“This certification validates the joint efforts of Duke University, Skanska and our partners involved in the construction of this building, to ensure it meets the needs of the university while living up to the highest standards of environmental performance,” said Greg Peele, General Manager/Executive Vice President responsible for Skanska’s North Carolina/Virginia building operations. “The Rubenstein Arts Center will inspire the creative community at Duke and serve as the centerpiece of arts education on campus.”
Among the sustainability highlights that led to the building receiving this certification:
- A 22 percent improvement on the baseline building performance rating for energy and atmosphere
- 10 percent of building materials were composed of recycled content, and another 10 percent came from regionally extracted, harvested, recovered or manufactured materials
- 75 percent of construction and demolition debris was diverted from landfills and incineration facilities
- 75 percent of occupied space has daylighting
- 90 percent of occupied space has quality views
- A 35 percent reduction in baseline indoor water use
The Rubenstein Arts Center opened in early 2018. It is a two-story, 70,000-square-foot facility that includes a 200-seat theater for stage shows; a 100-seat movie theater for the visual-arts program; dance studios; classrooms; a “maker lab” workshop; and an assortment of other studio spaces for everything from dance rehearsals to sculpture installations.
The Rubenstein Arts Center won “The American Architecture Award for 2018” from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. It was among 100 projects selected for the award, which honors new and cutting-edge designs in the United States.