Two Projects Awarded LEED Gold
The UW Hillel Foundation and the Madison Public Library announced that the Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life and the Goodman South Branch of Madison Public Library have been awarded LEED ® Gold established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED® is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
The Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life was designed by Engberg Anderson and constructed by J.H. Findorff & Son. The team assisted UW Hillel in achieving its goal of creating a new, long lasting facility that would reduce impact on the environment, while minimizing operating costs.
The main sustainable goals for The Goodman South Branch of Madison's Public Library were to focus on energy efficiency and user control. The sustainable features were designed to be integrated into the building and library operations, and the space was designed to be configured in many different ways as library services evolve.
Since the opening of the library, new library card applications are up over 46%. The total circulation of books and media is up over 16.5%, while the overall circulation for the Madison Library District is down 4%. The Library has seen increased visitors overall, but most notably with the teens. The library has become a community center and hangout space while providing more services and an increased collection to the community.