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Antioch College’s North Hall awarded prestigious LEED Gold certification


YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—July 29, 2013—Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt announced today that one of the College’s three original buildings, North Hall, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The College completed a $5.7 million, state-of-the-art renovation project on the dormitory, which was constructed in 1853.

Antioch’s North Hall is now considered the second oldest building in the world to achieve LEED certification at any level in the new construction and major renovations LEED category, and the second oldest to achieve LEED Gold certification in the same category.

The LEED rating system, developed by the USGBC, is the foremost program for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. More than 44,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating system in all 50 states.

“Restoring one of our original campus buildings was an incredibly important, symbolic win for us as we continue to rebuild this college,” said President Mark Roosevelt. “Achieving LEED Gold certification for North Hall is a superb accomplishment and is certainly one of the larger milestones in our rebirth. Not only does it exhibit our deep commitment to providing our students with excellent facilities, but it also demonstrates our unreserved dedication to sustainability in both education and practice.”

In October 2011, the Antioch College Board of Trustees authorized College administrators to move ahead with plans for the North Hall renovations, based on plans submitted by Pittsburgh architecture firm MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni after several visits to campus and meetings with a steering committee that included senior administrators, faculty, and representatives of the Board of Trustees’ facilities committee.

North Hall now utilizes electric energy from a commercial sized solar PV power plant on the roof and is heated and cooled with geothermal energy delivered into the building through state of the art highly efficient heat pumps. The College monitors energy use with a system displayed prominently in the building’s entryway and can be accessed publically over the Internet. The renovations added a full-service kitchen, an apartment, larger bathrooms, and four doubles (eight beds) on the first floor. Floors two through four each have 15 doubles (30 beds) and singles for resident hall advisors. The upper floors also have kitchenettes and at least two lounges or common areas. An elevator was installed to make the building ADA compliant. In keeping with the College’s focus on sustainability, the renovation included several green features: double rooms and shared bathrooms; improvements to the building’s envelope; low-flow plumbing fixtures; a geothermal mechanical system; lighting controls; heat recovery systems; low VOC materials; repurposed furniture; and use of regional materials. Renovations were completed in early October 2012.

David Goodman ’69, Antioch Trustee and Chairperson of the Board’s Facilities Committee, said, “ The state of the art sustainable technological advances included in the renovation of North Hall cost about 7% more than what a typically renovated building of this type would have cost but saves over 40% on energy and returns a 7% cash on cash return on the incremental investment each year indefinitely into the future. Perhaps more importantly, this renovation removed natural gas space heating equipment, and significantly lowered the building’s carbon footprint, which is a key objective as we seek to learn new and better ways of living as we rebuild our sizeable campus infrastructure for the 21st century.”

North Hall achieved LEED Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy, and threats to human health,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “The work of innovative building projects such as North Hall at Antioch College is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”

Antioch College enrolled 87 full-time, residential students this summer term. In the fall, the College hopes to enroll at least 104 new first-year students in the Class of 2017. North Hall provides the campus with enough room to house a new class as well as the live-in resident life managers to provide around-the-clock management and supervision of the dormitories.

Designed initially by A.M. Merrifield of Worcester, Massachusetts, North Hall was primarily a women’s dormitory, though it housed male students while South Hall—the men’s dormitory—was being completed. Horace Mann, the college’s first president in 1853, and his family lived in two rooms on the second floor until their house was finished. At the time of construction, Antioch’s dormitories were larger than any at Harvard—a fact the College was quite proud of.

Modern plumbing was installed in the 1920s, under the direction of President Arthur Morgan who called the previous sanitation facilities “an indescribable antediluvian scandal.” Prior to the plumbing upgrade, students used an octagonal sanitation tower several stories high that was connected to North Hall by bridges.

North Hall has survived several fires, including a chimney fire in January 1866 and a larger, more destructive fire in February 1953 that completely gutted the building.


About Antioch College

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.


Nicole Wroten
Assistant Director of Communications