Department of
Facilities Management
Brown University
Box 1941
295 Lloyd Ave.
Providence, RI 02912

Facility Emergency:
Tel: (401) 863-7800

Service Request:
Tel: (401) 863-7800

Main Office:
Tel: (401) 863-7850
Fax: (401) 863-7885

LEED ® Facts
Nelson and Fitness Center
Providence, RI
LEED for New Construction, v3

Certification achieved January 2014

GOLD 64*
Sustainable Sites 21/26
Water Efficiency 4/10
Energy & Atmosphere 17/35
Materials & Resources 4/14
Indoor Environment Quality 10/15
Innovation & Design 6/6
Regional Priority 2/4
* Out of possible 110

Materials & Resources (MR)
4 of 14 points attempted

In 2006, U.S. residents, businesses, and institutions generated more than 251 million tons of solid waste, equivalent to 4.6 pounds per person per day. Industrial activities produced an additional 7.6 billion tons of waste. Construction and demolition wastes made up about 40% of the total solid waste stream. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends source reduction, reuse, and recycling to curb our waste production. Building operations and construction processes can support these efforts by incorporating recycled materials and salvaged structural elements, implementing a construction waste management plan, and encouraging occupants to recycle. Reusing elements of buildings or utilizing recycled products reduces overall waste and diverts materials from landfills. Such strategies can reduce the overall embodied energy of a building because they lessen demand for virgin resources and eliminate environmental impact associated with their extraction, processing, and transportation. The embodied energy of a building is defined as all of the energy that was used to extract, process, transport, and dispose of the materials for construction and furnishing the building, as well as the energy used during construction.

MRc2.1 - Construction Waste Management, Divert 50% from Disposal (1/1)

MRc2.2 - Construction Waste Management, Divert 75% from Disposal (1/1)

MRc4.1 - Recycled Content, 10% (post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer) (1/1)

MRc5.1 - Regional Materials, 10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally (1/1)

Not Attempted: MRc1.1 – Building Reuse; Maintain 75% of  existing walls, floors & roof (1/1); MRc1.2 - Building Reuse, Maintain 100% of Existing Walls, Floors & Roof (0/1); MRc1.3 - Building Reuse, Maintain 50% of Interior Non-Structural Elements (0/1); MRc3.1 - Materials Reuse, 5% (0/1); MRc3.2 - Materials Reuse, 10% (0/1); MRc4.2 - Recycled Content, 20% (post-consumer + ½ pre-consumer) (0/1); MRc5.2 - Regional Materials, 20% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally (0/1);MRc6 - Credit 6 - Rapidly Renewable Materials (0/1); MRc7 - Certified Wood (0/1)

Prerequisite 1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables: There are recycling collection bins located throughout the building.  Each location has a bin for bottles, cans, and paper.

Credit 2.1 - Construction Waste Management, Divert 50% from Disposal: This credit is earned by diverting at least 50% of construction and demolition waste from disposal either in landfills or incinerators. Aquatics Fitness Center met this requirement by diverting 90% of its waste - much more than average – for recycling. Many resources such as cardboard, metal and brick were sent to their appropriate recycling plants.

Credit 2.2 - Construction Waste Management, Divert 75% from Disposal: Throughout the project, 90% of construction waste was diverted from landfill and was managed by an off-site facility in Rhode Island. When possible, materials were sent to their respective recycling plants. Wood was ground into chips to be used as fuel or as an aggregate in the secondary wood industry.  Asphalt, brick, and concrete waste were utilized for road stabilization. All residual processing soil was used as alternate daily cover and structural fill. All waste metal, cardboard, and vinyl were processed and recycled at licensed facilities in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.

Credit 4.1 - Recycled Content, 10% (post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer):  To earn this credit, at least 10% of the value of the materials needed to be made with recycled content. Recycled content can be either post-consumer or pre-consumer, though only half of the value of the pre-consumer content can count to the final total. Post-consumer recycled material has been generated by households or commercial facilities from items that can no longer be used for their original purpose, while pre-consumer material is waste material diverted from disposal that has been produced during industrial processes or manufacturing. More than 17% of the value of the materials used in the project was recycled content. 

Credit 5.1 - Regional Materials, 10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured: Building products and materials that were extracted, harvested, or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of Brown’s campus made up more than 16% of the total material value, exceeding the minimum of 10% to achieve this credit. Examples of some of the regional materials in the building are the fly ash in the concrete, the metal studs used to keep the light fixtures in place, and all of the drywall for the building. Using regionally sourced and produced materials reduces the environmental impact from transportation, and it supports local industries and the use of indigenous resources.


Facilities Project Manager:  John Cooke
Facilities Engineer:  John Faunce King
Design Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Civil Engineer: Woodard & Curran
MEP Engineer: Wozny Barbar & Asso
Commissioning: Stephen Turner
Contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction
Sustainability Consultant/LEED Administrator: Green Engineer