University of California, Merced Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library

Merced, California


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Project Achievements

LEED-EB: O&M v2009 Gold Certification

Project Type

Office/Public Assembly

Project Size

178,818 SF

Project Summary

Located in the San Joaquin Valley in Central California, the UC Merced campus is sited on 910 acres and showcases a true commitment to sustainability.  UC Merced is the only American university with every building on campus being LEED certified.  In parallel with this vision, the originally LEED-NC certified Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library pursued a LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification and achieved Gold.  As a three-story building consisting of office spaces, conference rooms, reading rooms, library stacks, and support spaces, the Kolligian Library sought to improve on their already sustainable measures by improving their operations, achieving increased comfort for building occupants, and maximizing LEED potential through previously documented credits as well as LEED master site credits.

Project Highlights

  • 42.4% reduction in indoor water demand
  • 50% reduction of irrigation demand
  • 21% reduction in single occupied vehicle use
  • 33% improved energy performance over Title 24
  • 8.75% renewable energy contribution
  • Innovation for Campus as a Teaching Tool for sustainability

Our Work

  • LEED project management, credit analysis, and full documentation services
  • Operational policy development and implementation
  • Stakeholder engagement and staff/personnel training/education
  • LEED certification process within 7 months