Walker School Home Gains LEED Gold

EABWebster University's East Academic Building (EAB) was certified as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) level gold, the second highest level for the sustainability certification. The $29 million, 94,323-square-foot building houses the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology as well as other programs and services.

Provost Julian Schuster noted that this is a significant advancement for Webster's efforts to become more sustainable. “While we have a number of robust programs on campus to make us more environmentally friendly, this one required outside experts to review all of our data and make a determination if we were practicing what we preach,” said Schuster. “We initially applied for a silver certification, but the reviewers felt that we had exceeded those standards and gave us gold.”

EAB is the first building at Webster University to receive a LEED certification, and it is one of only 31 to receive gold level certification in the St. Louis region. “This is an important milestone for the Walker School and Webster University to celebrate,” said Dr. Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School. “The LEED gold certification is a reflection of our awareness and commitment to sustainability.”

The LEED Green Building Rating System is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The program was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Certificate levels are no-color, silver, gold and platinum.

EAB was designed by renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern. Among the many features highlighted in the USGBC report on the building were the use of natural light, its close proximity to public transportation and other services, the bicycle lockers and changing rooms for bicycle riders, and the 35 percent reduction in overall energy usage in the entire structure. With 31 classrooms, 10 large computer labs, 48 offices and two large lobbies, the new building features the most up-to-date instruction design and technology. It opened in March 2012.