SALT LAKE CITY — The Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility at the University of Utah has received a LEED Gold Certification, the eighth building on campus to be certified Gold or higher.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, which oversees the certification, LEED — or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — is the most widely used sustainable building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving buildings.
The $36 million facility, which opened in 2015, is home to both men’s and women’s basketball. According to a statement from the U., the 102,000-square-foot facility was manufactured using more 23 percent of recycled materials and boasts an eco-friendly design.Comment on this story
It’s stormwater management plan has resulted in a 25 percent decrease in the volume of runoff from intense rain events, and the hardscape and roof surfaces were designed to mitigate heat buildup to minimize the impacts of the reflected sun on surrounding wildlife habitats.
The training facility is also near U. shuttle stops, and UTA bus and TRAX routes.
In addition, all interior and exterior light fixtures are light-emitting diodes, and the HVAC systems, building insulation and windows were selected to minimize energy waste. Exterior fixtures were positioned to minimize light pollution, improve nighttime visibility and reduce impacts on surrounding environments.