James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building – A USTAR Innovation Center Awarded LEED Gold Certification

The University of Utah’s James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building — A USTAR Innovation Center has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. The highly regarded, third-party designation confirms the U’s commitment to environmental stewardship, efficiency and occupant well-being.

“We’re proud to continue our commitment to a sustainable campus,” says University of Utah President David W. Pershing. “With its water-wise landscaping, recycled materials and energy-efficient lab equipment, this building is truly a model for the future of sustainable research buildings.”

Facility highlights and building practices that helped earn LEED Gold include:

  • Concrete consisting of 24 percent recycled content.
  • The recycling of more than 4,300 tons (more than 90 percent) of construction debris.
  • More than 20 percent of construction materials harvested and fabricated regionally.
  • Intensive use of Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints.
  • All wood specified to be urea-formaldehyde-free and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stamped, certifying sustainable harvesting.
  • Adherence to a strict indoor air quality plan during construction.
  • Rooftop gardens.

Part of the Nano Institute of Utah, the facility unifies innovations within the College of Engineering and Health Sciences to accelerate interdisciplinary research.

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Setting the Gold Standard