Collins College Constructs LEED-Certified Academic Building

POMONA, Calif.—The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona announced that its newly opened building, which houses the program’s nationally ranked graduate program, was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council.

Building 80 at The Collins College is the first academic building to receive LEED Gold certification at Cal Poly Pomona.

“Being able to achieve LEED Gold certification is an indication of how serious The Collins College is dedicated to its social commitment to the environment,” said Project Manager Andrew Naranjo. “At the same time, we are contributing to Cal Poly Pomona’s climate commitment and sustainability practices.”

The facility features shaded areas producing cooler environments, LED lighting to reduce energy consumption, restoration of 50 percent of the project site, maximized open space, incorporated use of natural day lighting, and reduction of water consumption.


Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points in all areas that address sustainability issues at all phases of development. One of four LEED certification rating levels is awarded to the project based on the number of points achieved: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

“The Collins College is honored to be recognized for this incredible achievement,” said Dean Lea Dopson. “Our commitment to sustainability throughout the expansion project aligns with The Collins College’s mission and core values. Thanks to efficient collaboration with HMC Architects, Gilbane Building Company, and Cal Poly Pomona’s Facilities Management Department, our vision of constructing a state-of-the-art center of excellence that is resource efficient and environmentally friendly has become a reality.”

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