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Columbia College Awarded LEED(R) Green Building Certification --First Silver Certification in Columbia, Mo.--
Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Columbia College (located in Columbia, Mo), has received LEED(R) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the renovation of Missouri Hall, located at 1011 Rogers Street. The building was originally constructed in the 1920s, but has earned its color (green) since its renovation. The $3.9 million project, designed by Simon Oswald Associates (SOA,) in-conjunction with CM Engineering and constructed by Reinhardt/Wilson is the first in Columbia to receive this recognition.

“We are pleased to be recognized for achieving the LEED(R) silver rating for our new sustainable building, completed on-time and on-budget,” said Bob Hutton, executive director of Administrative Services.

In the 1920s Missouri Hall, now approximately 38,000 square feet, served as a dormitory on the second and third floors and housed 110 women. While the first floor showcased a lavish parlor, the building was the residence of the home economics department. The building, with its unique history, has been transformed through sustainable design features. From water efficiencies, energy-efficient design and new energy consumption solutions, to recycled materials, building and resource reuse and improved indoor environmental quality, Missouri Hall incorporates modern operational efficiencies and aesthetics without compromising the historic detailing of the original structure. The building currently houses Admissions, Enrollment Management, the Registrar, Student Support Services, the new Veteran Service Center and more.

“We took a risk, not when we agreed to design the Missouri Hall renovation, but when we committed to seeking a zero-cost, high level LEED(R) certification,” said Shelley Simon, architect/principal of SOA. “And we did it! Columbia College did not incur any additional costs for the sustainable features incorporated into this project.”

Reinhardt/Wilson guided the transformation of Missouri Hall, taking a phased approach which allowed the college to continue operations throughout the scheduled sessions and into a transitional phase during the summer months. The new building captures natural daylight, has improved indoor air quality and a controllable thermal level that has created a healthier work environment overall.

History of Missouri Hall 1920 – Missouri Hall served as a dormitory and housed 110 women on the second and third floors. A lavish parlor was showcased on the first floor and was the residence of the home economics department. 2004 – Missouri Hall housed Admissions and Student Support Services and was being minimally utilized due to its deteriorating condition. 2006 – Simon Oswald Associates was commissioned to redesign Missouri Hall. 2007 – The new, one-stop-shop (Missouri Hall) was unveiled and currently houses Admissions, Student Financial Services, Student Records and Financial Aid. 2009 – Columbia College receives the LEED(R) silver certification for Missouri Hall; the first building in Columbia, Mo. to receive a silver certification.

About LEED(R) The LEED(R) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System(TM) is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green-building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review are: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED(R) green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED(R) category. For more information, visit

Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 27,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide.