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Brown University
Box 1941
295 Lloyd Ave.
Providence, RI 02912

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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

Sustainable Sites (SS)
8 of 14 points attempted

Choosing and developing a building’s site can significantly impact the surrounding environment. For example, building on a previously developed site in an urban environment conserves greenfields, which are previously undeveloped sites, and can prevent further encroachment on natural habitats or agricultural fields. Locating a building in an urban area may also reduce the likelihood of occupants using cars to travel to and from the site as well as the need for further vehicular infrastructure. The Sustainable Sites credit category promotes sustainable building practices that target the building landscape, hardscape, and exterior building issues.

SSc1 - Site Selection (1/1)

SSc2 - Development Density & Community Connectivity (1/1)

SSc3 - Brownfield Redevelopment (1/1)

SSc4.1 - Alternative Transportation, Public Transportation Access (1/1)

SSc4.2 - Alternative Transportation, Bicycle Storage & Changing Rooms (1/1)

SSc4.3 - Alternative Transportation, Low-Emitting & Fuel-Efficient Vehicles (1/1)

SSc4.4 - Alternative Transportation, Parking Capacity (1/1)

SSc7.1 - Heat Island Effect, Non-Roof (1/1)


Not Attempted: SSc5.1- Site Development, Protect or Restore Habitat (1/1); SSc5.2 - Site Development, Maximize Open Space (1/1); SSc6.1 - Storm water Design, Quantity Control (1/1); SSc6.2 - Storm water Design, Quality Control (1/1); SSc7.2- Heat Island Effect, Roof (1/1); SSc8 - Light Pollution Reduction (1/1)

Prerequisite 1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention: Construction can produce an unhealthy work environment for construction workers and building occupants and cause environmental damage that takes years to remedy. All projects need to reduce pollution from construction activities by implementing a soil erosion and sedimentation control plan. The Medical Education Building complied with this requirement and created a plan according to the requirements of the 2003 Environmental Protection Agency Construction General Plan to manage sedimentation, erosion, and the generation of dust and particulate matter.

Credit 1 - Site Selection: This is a previously developed site.

Credit 2 - Development
Density & Community Connectivity:
The Medical Education Building is on a previously developed site and is within a half mile of ten basic community services, including a convenience store, bank, and restaurant, and an existing residential neighborhood. Redevelopment of urban areas limits urban sprawl and thereby reduces vehicular transportation and its impacts, such as air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. It also helps revitalize and sustain community life. The blue shaded areas represent residential neighborhoods while the circled numbers show the locations of the ten basic community services that the design team chose in order to fulfill Credit 2. As shown, the community services are within ½ mile radius of the building.

Credit 3 - Brownfield Redevelopment: The Medical Education Building is located on a previously remediated Brownfield site.

Credit 4.1 - Alternative Transportation, Public Transportation Access: Four Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) bus lines are within a quarter mile walking distance from the Granoff Center. Additionally, the building is located within a quarter mile of stops served by the SafeRide Shuttle, the Brown Med/DownCity Express, and the RISD Shuttle, all of which building occupants can use free of charge. Easy access to public transportation encourages building occupants to utilize public mass-transit, thus avoiding pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and land development impacts associated with individual automobile use. Some of the public transportation options available within a quarter mile of the building are shown above. The red dot marks the location of the main entrance to the building, while the blue dot indicates the location of a RISD Shuttle stop, the yellow circle is a Brown Shuttle stop, and the green circle denotes the location of a RIPTA bus stop.

Credit 4.2 - Alternative Transportation, Bicycle Storage & Changing Rooms: Users of the building have access to the fitness center and bicycle racks for 5% of the anticipated visitors to the building were installed. Showers and lockers are available within the building.

Credit 4.3 - Alternative Transportation, Low-Emitting & Fuel-Efficient Vehicles: Eighteen spaces in the adjacent five story garage have been designated for preferential use by Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient vehicles. The spaces are designated as such with special signage designed specifically for this project.

Credit 4.4 - Alternative Transportation, Parking Capacity: No new parking was added to the site. Conventional parking lots are damaging to the environment because asphalt surfaces increase stormwater runoff and contribute to the urban heat island effect.

Credit 7.1 - Heat Island Effect, Non-Roof: Dark, nonreflective surfaces absorb heat, raising the surrounding temperature and increasing a building’s cooling load, an occurrence called the heat island effect. The heat island effect is more significant in cities than in rural or suburban areas. A total of 53% of hardscapes are either shaded or have a solar reflectance index (SRI) of 29 to reduce overheating, thus exceeding LEED’s requirement. SRI indicates the ability of a material to reject heat from the sun.


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