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UDC Student Center achieves LEED Platinum Certification

This is one of only two university student unions on the east coast to receive the designation

All photos via Sam Kittner Photography

In January 2016, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) revealed a brand new look for its Student Center after a campus-wide renovation. The $63 million building became the centerpiece of a 10-year master plan, serving as a site for engaging and supporting students academically and socially. Now, it has also become one of only two LEED Platinum-certified university student unions on the east coast.

Behind the Student Center’s design is CannonDesign in association with D.C.-based Marshall Moya Design. The 83,000-square-foot Student Center, located at Connecticut Avenue NW and Van Ness Street NW, houses a 14,000-square-foot green roof as well as a rain garden, photovoltaic panels, and toilets that flush with captured rain water.

There are also areas for socializing with mixed-use retail, a conference center and ballroom, and a fitness and wellness center. This is all to re-energize the campus so that it’s seen less as a “commuter campus” and more as a social destination.

In a statement, UDC President Ronald Mason, Jr. said, “This building is a symbol of where we want to be and what we want to represent in terms of our role with the District.”

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University of the District of Columbia (UDC)

4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008 (202) 274-5000