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Gallagher Hall Awarded LEED Platinum
First Business School in CA and Third Nationwide to Earn Highest Green Building Ranking

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School News • by Tim Akin

Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. Hall, campus home of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, has earned a “platinum” certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the first business school building in California awarded the highest green building ranking. Nationwide, only two other business school buildings have won a platinum ranking.

“We’re delighted with the platinum rating for Gallagher Hall, which reflects the Graduate School of Management’s and UC Davis’ culture of environmental responsibility and our collective commitment to furthering the global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices,” said Dean Steven Currall.

“UC Davis is a pioneer in clean technology research and energy-efficiency solutions, and this is yet another example of how our campus both creates and adopts clean energy innovations,” Currall added.

Since opening in September 2009, the 83,000-square-foot complex that houses Gallagher Hall and the adjacent UC Davis Conference Center has been recognized and presented as a case study in excellence for its eco-friendly design, and engineering and sustainability features.

The platinum award adds to UC Davis’ reputation as a pioneer in sustainable building and practices. The Gallagher Hall/Conference Center complex is the third project at UC Davis to earn the platinum certification, more than any other University of California campus. Worldwide, only 610 buildings have earned this rigorous certification since 2000, when the building council established its LEED rating system.

Philanthropy played a key role in the achievement. Gallagher Hall was supported by a $10 million gift from Maurice J. Gallagher Jr., CEO of Allegiant Airlines and a UC Davis alumnus, and his wife Marcia.

“Marcia and I were thrilled to learn of the platinum rating for the building,” Gallagher said. “It’s the result of a team effort that reflects the School’s collaborative culture and leadership on issues of clean energy and environmental sustainability, which are also very important to us.”

The San Francisco office of Sasaki Associates, Inc., designed the $34 million Graduate School of Management and Conference Center project. Sundt Construction’s Sacramento office served as general contractor. It was designed and built to use 30 percent less energy than a typical office building. A 110-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array recently installed on the complex’s rooftops is expected to provide 15–20 percent of its power needs.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance approaches. The Green Building Council is a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit committed to achieving a sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

According to the council, buildings are responsible for 39 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, 40 percent of energy consumption and 13 percent of water consumption nationwide. Greater building efficiency can meet 85 percent of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building could generate 2.5 million American jobs, according to council estimates.

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