February 14, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 14, 2012 — The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center LEED Gold certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The certification has been verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
Drury earned 42 LEED certification points from USGBC, but only needed 39 to achieve LEED Gold. Points are awarded for sustainable features in the building, such as: low flow water fixtures, a dedicated recycling area, a solar reflective roof and solar reflective pavement materials. According to the USGBC, “LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.”
The LEED Gold O'Reilly Family Event Center
“We have the Pitt family to thank for this Gold LEED designation,” said Drury President Todd Parnell. “Their $600,000 donation allowed us to pursue a Gold LEED certification, which aligns with the University’s commitment to sustainability and sets a good example for our students.”
Drury will honor the Pitts following the Drury’s men’s basketball game on Feb. 18. Tip-off for that game is at 3 p.m. The O’Reilly Family Event Center court is named after William A. Pitt, the father of Doug, Brad and Julie.
“The strength of USGBC has always been the collective strength of our leaders in the building industry,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Drury University demonstrates its leadership through their LEED certification of the O’Reilly Family Event Center.”
Drury University would like to thank the following companies for their work in helping Drury achieve LEED Gold for the O’Reilly Family Event Center:
- Architects: H Design Group
- LEED Consultant: Architectural Energy Corporation
- Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Colvin Jones Davis
- Commissioning Agent: Zachry Engineering Consultants
- Builder: Killian Construction Company
The 3,100 seat O’Reilly Family Event Center opened in October 2010, and it serves as the home for Panther and Lady Panther basketball and volleyball. Since its opening, the venue has hosted internationally known entertainers, such as, Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.