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

Facility Emergency:
Tel: (401) 863-7800

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Tel: (401) 863-7800

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

LEED ® Facts
Warren Alpert Medical Education Building
Providence, RI
LEED for New Construction, v2.2

Certified 2012

GOLD 42*
Sustainable Sites 8/14
Water Efficiency 2/5
Energy & Atmosphere 11/17
Materials & Resources 5/13
Indoor Environment Quality 11/15
Innovation & Design 5/5
* Out of possible 69

Materials & Resources (MR)
5 of 13 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.

MRc1.1 - Building Reuse; Maintain 75% of existing walls, floors & roof (1/1)

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 + ½ pre-consumer) (1/1)

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

Not Attempted: 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 1.1 - Building Reuse; Maintain 75% of existing walls, floors & roof: Based on surface area of existing building structure (including structural floor and roof decking) and envelope (exterior skin and framing, excluding window assemblies and non-structural roofing material), 92.817% of the building was reused.

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. Creative Arts 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 + ½ 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 20% of the value of the materials used in the project was recycled content. For example, the fly ash, substituted for cement in the concrete, was a byproduct of combustion processes in the Brayton Point Power Plant in Somerset, Massachusetts. The acoustical panels in the building were made out of recycled glass, and the structural steel was composed of 90% post-consumer content and 10% pre-consumer content.

Credit 5.1 - Regional Materials, 10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally: 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 20% 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:  Steven Phillips
Facilities Engineer:  John Faunce King
Design Architect: Ellensweig
Civil Engineer: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc
MEP Engineer: Bard, Rao + Athanas
Commissioning: Sebesta Bloomberg
Contractor: Suffolk Construction
Sustainability Consultant/LEED Administrator: Green Engineer