New James Pedas Communication Center earns prestigious LEED green building certification

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College announced today the James Pedas Communication Center has been awarded LEED silver certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.

The new $6.8 million 20,000 square foot Communication Center is Thiel College’s first LEED certified building. The certification will be celebrated with an event at 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Pedas Center.

"This building project represents a milestone in the development of the Thiel College campus," said President Dr. Troy D. VanAken. "It visibly demonstrates the college's commitment to sustainable building practices and energy efficiency. For Thiel College to achieve silver in its first attempt at LEED certification testifies to the hard work and cooperation of many on campus along with our planners, architects, and construction firms. I recognize and appreciate the contributions of each those constituents. The Pedas Center is a symbol of our ability to not only educate and prepare the kind of students our world requires but to design and build the kinds of sustainable structures that our campus, community, and world require."

The Pedas Center achieved LEED certification for site planning, water management, indoor environmental quality, material choice and energy management. By using less energy and water, 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.

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The James Pedas Communication Center project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations.”

The Pedas Center is a state-of-the-art collaborative learning environment where students engage in film, TV, radio, news production and other multimedia-rich learning experiences that will prepare them for tomorrow’s evolving information society. Building features include sophisticated labs and studios, dynamic classrooms and learning spaces and the Office of Admission.

Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design. LEED can be applied to all building types, including new construction, commercial interiors, core and shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities.

About Thiel College

Thiel College is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 25 varsity sports, and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio to more than 900 students. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.