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Longwood’s Health and Fitness Center earns Green Innovation Award

July 1, 2008

Kelly Martin, campus master plan assistant coordinator, displays the Green Innovation Award for Best Green Institutional Project. Kelly Martin, campus master plan assistant coordinator, displays the Green Innovation Award for Best Green Institutional Project.

Longwood University’s Health and Fitness Center has received the 2008 Virginia Sustainable Building Network’s Green Innovation Award for Best Green Institutional Project. The award was presented during the Virginia Sustainable Building Network’s 13th annual meeting on June 25 at the University of Richmond.

The VSBN is the only statewide organization that brings together representatives from diverse sectors that are interested in building healthy, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly buildings and sustainable communities. The mission of the VSBN is to promote environmentally sound — or Green Building — practices for Virginia.

The Health and Fitness Center, which opened in August 2007, also earned a
Gold Certification Rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Council’s Green Building Rating System recognizes energy savings for new and existing buildings. It is the first LEED gold certified higher education building in Virginia and the first LEED gold certified student recreation center in the Southeast.

The $16.6 million, 74,683-square foot building includes a 7,300-square foot fitness center, a multi-purpose gym, three group exercise rooms, two racquetball courts, a one-eighth mile walking/jogging track, 30-foot climbing wall, and two full-court gyms.