International design firm Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A. (Cuningham Group) announces that the St. Jerome Parish Hall remodeling project has achieved LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The St. Jerome Parish Hall project is the first project with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to become LEED® certified. It was certified Silver per the USBGC “New Construction and Major Renovation” Category, Version 2.2.
Following the Church’s teachings that the environment is God’s gift to everyone, the Parish made a commitment to create a “green” hall within the remodeling project. Sustainable goals were in place from the outset as Cuningham Group, Stonemark Construction Management and the client collaborated on making sustainability a visible priority in the design. Features include innovative mechanical system controls; new skylights to boost and equalize ambient lighting in the gym; water-conserving restroom fixtures; new glazing; new lighting and lighting control systems; reused or selected materials with significant recycledcontent; and better metering of electrical power.
“One of the fundamental tenants of our practice is that we have a responsibility to make the environment and community where we live a better place,” said Cuningham Group Project Manager Dan Young, AIA, LEED® AP. “In the same way, sustainability is essential to the respect for the earth espoused by the Church. As the first Los Angeles Archdiocese building to achieve LEED® certification, St. Jerome Parish Hall is a building with a distinguished history that is also pointing the way to the future.”
Renovation of the St. Jerome Parish Hall, originally constructed in 1950, also included new kitchen equipment, an updated communication system, state-of-the-art audio-visual systems, and security systems.
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