Building 1516 opened fall 2010 and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification residence hall. Building 1516 provides double and single rooms with private bath accommodations geared toward non-first-year undergraduate students. Building 1516 is a signature space that supports the academic and personal growth of residents, provides a place where programs, classes and events are hosted, and most importantly, provides a home-away-from-home for 555 students. Located adjacent to East Campus Village, it is near the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, University Health Center, Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Lamar Dodd School of Art and the Georgia Museum of Art. In addition, Building 1516 provides easy access to residential parking as well as multiple bus routes, and is a short distance to the Village Summit Dining Commons located Joe Frank Harris Commons.
Building 1516 features carpeted rooms complete with desks, chairs, four-drawer dressers, two-drawer mobile pedastals and 17-position adjustable beds. Students have individual room controls for heat and air conditioning as well as access to cable TV and high-speed Internet. Building 1516 offers covered bike storage, lounges and study rooms on each floor, a computer lab, laundry and kitchen facilities, and a large, multipurpose room equipped with state-of-the-art technology designed to accommodate programs or events.
University Housing's Commitment to Sustainable Design
Buildings significantly impact the natural environment and resources. However, with some forethought and planning, these environmental impacts and the associated economic costs can be reduced. Throughout the construction planning process, opportunities for sustainable development, the green design, improved indoor air quality, and water and energy efficiency have been implemented. By adopting green building strategies that save money and minimize impact on the environment, University Housing demonstrates its desire to be a good steward of the present and a builder for the future. To this end Building 1516 has been awarded LEED Gold certification.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System provides a set of standards for environmentally sustainable construction and maintenance. LEED-certified buildings use key resources more efficiently when compared to other buildings. In addition, LEED-certified buildings have healthier environments, which in turn contribute to higher productivity and improved health and comfort to residents and staff.
Building 1516 sustainable design features include:
- Locations on each floor for students to recycle materials
- Healthy, eco-friendly furnishings
- Increased levels of fresh air in the building
- Environmentally-friendly Cool Carpet that nets zero greenhouse gas emissions, meaning any greenhouse gases emitted during the lifecycle of the carpet are offset or balanced by investing in other projects that reduce or reverse the impact of those emissions
- ENERGY STAR® qualified products
- Use of only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood that guarantees the wood used in construction was from a well-managed forest
- Energy-wise building surfaces including windows and shingles
- A high insulation value, thereby reducing energy loss throughout the building
- Bioretention systems located near the building to filter pollutants from and treat stormwater runoff
- A rainwater catchment system for water recycling
- Drought-tolerant landscaping
The visitation option for Building 1516 is “2”, which allows for visitors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.