Facilities Planning

LEED & Sustainability

About LEED®

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized certification system that certifies environmentally sustainable construction projects.  The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality. 

To learn more about the LEED rating system, click here.

LEED Certifications at GVSU

The following GVSU endorsed buildings have either received LEED certification, or are being constructed according to LEED standards/specifications in order to qualify for certification upon completion.

LEED Certified

LEED Certified Silver

LEED Certified Gold

LEED Certified Platinum


LEED silver LEED gold

LEED Platinum

Project Name

Location Approximate Size


LEED Certification

Project Classification

1= Commercial Interiors
2= New Construction
3= Residential

Mackinac Hall
original building renovation

Allendale Campus 7,300 sq. ft. August 2009 LEED 1

Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center

Muskegon Lakeshore Smartzone,
Muskegon Lake
29,000 sq. ft. November 2003    LEED gold 2

Lake Ontario Hall

Allendale Campus 53,000 sq. ft. August 2005 LEED silver 2
"Green House"  845 Watson Street SW Grand Rapids 2,648.00 sq. ft. August 2006 LEED silver 2 & 3

John C. Kennedy
Hall of Engineering

Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus 27,000 sq. ft. August 2007 LEED 2

Mackinac Hall
addition #2

Allendale Campus 82,500 sq. ft. August 2008 LEED silver 2

Kelly Family Sports Center

Allendale Campus 137,600 sq. ft. August 2008    LEED gold 2

Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning &
Living Center

Allendale Campus 228,000 sq. ft. August 2008 LEED silver 2 & 3

Kirkhof Center
addition- 2008

Allendale Campus 30,500 sq. ft. May 2008 LEED 2

Bicycle Factory

201 Front Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
28,000 sq. ft. March 2009 LEED gold 1 &2

South Apartments
C, D, and E

Allendale Campus 279,000 sq. ft. August 2010 LEED gold 2 & 3

The Connection

Allendale Campus 24,200 sq. ft. August 2010 LEED silver 2

Mary Idema Pew Library Learning & Information Commons

Allendale Campus
150,300 sq. ft.

May 2013

LEED Platinum 2
L. William Seidman Center Pew Campus

127,600 sq. ft.


May 2013

LEED gold


AWRI- Field Station Lab Building

Muskegon Campus

14,700 sq. ft.

May 2013 

LEED gold


Allendale Science Laboratory Building


Allendale Campus 151,760 sq. ft.   Seeking LEED 2
A. Robert Kleiner Commons Allendale Campus 29,250 sq. ft.   LEED silver 2
The Marketplace Allendale Campus 42,100 sq. ft.   Seeking LEED 2

Au Sable Hall



Allendale Campus 22,600 sq ft April 2014 Seeking LEED Silver 2

Link to LEED Educational ID Document



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