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NEW: Holy Cross Awarded for “Green” Residence Hall

Monday, June 04, 2012


Figge Hall, the newest residence hall at the College of the Holy Cross.

The newest residence hall at the College of the Holy Cross has drawn rave reviews from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Figge Hall, just completed in 2011, has earned the LEED Gold Certification from the USGBC. The USGBC certifies buildings that are green and sustainable. The USGBC also bestowed the award upon Holy Cross' Integrated Science Complex in 2010.

The $19.2 million Figge Hall is a four-story, 60,000-square foot building that will house 156 seniors in 39 apartments. Each apartment contains a living room, dining area, full kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms.

“As the second building on campus to receive LEED Gold certification, Figge Hall adheres to high standards of energy efficiency, and is an important example of the College’s continuing commitment to sustainability,” says Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College. “In addition to exceeding our goal to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2015 ahead of schedule, the Holy Cross community is heavily vested in reducing its carbon footprint and reaching carbon neutrality.”

The residence hall is named in honor of John K. Figge, a former member of the Board of Trustees. Some of the high efficiency designs and features of the building are sensors that automatically turn off lights when people leave the room, a high efficiency heating and cooling system, and structural steel that is over 99 percent recycled. 


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