The Broadview at Vanderbilt Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Sustainability

Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions

MALVERN, PA — The Broadview at Vanderbilt, a pioneering student housing development, has been honored with the prestigious LEED Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This distinction underscores the commitment of Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions to fostering sustainable, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly construction projects.

Situated in the heart of Vanderbilt University, The Broadview was inaugurated in 2023 as a result of a collaborative effort between Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, Vanderbilt University, and Axium Infrastructure, with JE Dunn Construction at the helm of its construction phase. Chicago’s Valerio Dewalt Train Architects brought their expertise as the project’s lead architect, contributing to the design that meets high sustainability standards.

The achievement of LEED Gold Certification was made possible through a series of forward-thinking strategies aimed at reducing the building’s environmental footprint. Notable among these efforts were the incorporation of rooftop solar panels, the use of energy-efficient LED lighting, and the installation of high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. Together, these features have enabled the 616-bed facility to realize energy cost savings exceeding 12%, making it a model of sustainability compared to similar residential projects.

In addition to its energy-saving measures, The Broadview at Vanderbilt focused on creating a healthier living environment with enhanced indoor air quality and thermal comfort. The design maximized natural light and offered expansive views, further contributing to the well-being of its residents. Sustainable construction practices were also a key focus, with over half of the construction waste being diverted away from landfills.

The development’s strategic location, offering easy access to various transportation options and proximity to amenities, encourages reduced vehicle usage among its inhabitants. This not only aligns with the project’s environmental goals but also promotes a more active, healthier lifestyle for students.

Bob Shepko, President of Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, expressed pride in the recognition, stating, “We are very pleased to achieve LEED Gold Certification for The Broadview at Vanderbilt.” He highlighted the certification as evidence of the company’s dedication to innovative, responsible building practices that benefit both the environment and the communities they serve.

The awarding of the LEED Gold Certification to The Broadview at Vanderbilt signifies a major milestone in sustainable development within the student housing sector, serving as a benchmark for future projects aiming to blend modern living with environmental stewardship.

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