The team renovating Ennis Hall is targeting their work for the Silver Certificate in the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification process. Georgia College has enjoyed the the sustainability initiatives of the Wellness & Recreation Center, with its own Silver certification, and we look forward to exploring the possibilities of being able to certify a building restoration.
The design team was tasked with preserving the building historically significant features while reconfiguring the interior to meet the needs of the college’s growing Art Department. Included in the planning process were upgraded mechanical, electrical, plumbing and information technology systems to meet new building standards. The renovation reused nearly 100 percent of the structure, including exterior walls, roof decking and structural floor. Perhaps more importantly, the project demonstrates that existing campus legacy buildings can be successfully recycled into new green buildings.