Bastyr University's Student Village Receives National Award from U.S. Green Building Council
University’s student housing is honored as Outstanding Multifamily Project of the Year
Kenmore, Washington (November 19, 2010) — Bastyr University is pleased to announce its new Student Village just won the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Outstanding Multifamily Project in the 2010 LEED for Homes Awards, announced last night at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago, IL.[protected]”We are extremely happy to accept this award from the USGBC for our Student Village,” said Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. “To win such a prestigious national award highlights the level of commitment Bastyr University has to sustainable housing and overall healthy living.”
The innovative, eco-friendly village, which opened in June 2010, is comprised of 11 halls that can house up to 132 students. One such student is naturopathic doctoral student Rolando Fulgencio who said, “The Student Village provides an environment where I can focus on my future in style and comfort.”
Among the many qualities that helped the buildings win the award are its high efficiency water heaters and gas boilers, energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures, low-flow plumbing, natural ventilation, radiant-heat flooring made of finished concrete, sustainable landscaping, and “butterfly” roofs to capture rainwater.
This is the second significant accolade in recent months for Bastyr University’s student housing. In September, the Student Village won LEED platinum certification, becoming the first student housing project on the west coast to receive the highest green building classification.
“Our original plan was to achieve LEED gold certification. So to surpass our goals, win LEED platinum certification and now be selected as the Outstanding Multifamily Project is deeply satisfying,” said Bastyr University Director of Facilities Daniel Clark.
Photos of the Student Village are available on the Bastyr University website, www.bastyr.edu. High resolution photos are also available upon request.
ABOUT BASTYR UNIVERSITY
Bastyr University, located north of Seattle, Washington, is an accredited institution, internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. Bastyr is the largest university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., combining a multidisciplinary curriculum with leading-edge research and clinical training to educate future leaders in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and whole food nutrition. Founded in 1978 as the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University now offers more than 15 accredited degree and certificate programs. Bastyr was the nation’s first natural health arts and sciences university to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Bastyr University Research Institute plays a key role in the growth of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research. The University’s teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, offers quality natural health care to the greater Seattle community while providing essential clinical training for students. For additional information about Bastyr University and its teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, visit www.bastyr.edu or www.bastyrcenter.org.[/protected]