Peralta Community College District and the
architectural firm RATCLIFF (www.ratcliffarch.com) are pleased to announce that Berkeley City College
earned a LEED Silver certification rating from the U.S. Green Building Council
last week. Berkeley City College
is the first building in the City of Berkeley to
achieve LEED Silver status and the first California Community
College single-building campus constructed on an
urban infill site.
College earned this prestigious honor by its
promotion of urban redevelopment and incorporation of various energy-efficient
LEED Silver status is a tangible demonstration of our commitment to eliminating
greenhouse gases and building a sustainable future, said Nicky GonzÃ¡lez Yuen,
a Peralta Community College District trustee and chair of the Chancellors
Advisory Committee on Sustainability.
College is the winner of the Community College
Facility Coalitions 2007 Professional Design Award of Merit and the East Bay
Business Times 2006 Structures Award. In addition to the life-cycle savings of
its energy efficient design, the new building has already earned the District
$129,000 in cash incentives from Pacific Gas & Electric Companys Savings
by Design program.
RATCLIFFs unique design for the
six-story, 165,000-square-foot campus incorporates a wide range of
environmentally responsible tenets that benefit the Colleges students and
Headquartered in Emeryville,
Calif., RATCLIFF is dedicated to designing
sustainable building solutions and teamed with Simon & Associates to
achieve Berkeley City Colleges
LEED Silver certification. RATCLIFF provides architecture, interior design, and
planning services to higher education, healthcare and civic clients throughout
the Western United States.
College is part of the Peralta
Community College District which serves the communities of Alameda,
Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont.