UNCG’s Quad renovation already had been honored by Preservation Greensboro for “Excellence in Preservation.” It had received the Star Award, the top honor given by the Construction Professional Network of North Carolina.
Now it is certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Many sustainable features — such as maximizing natural light — were a part of the renovation. Water conservation features include low flow toilets, shower heads and faucets. There are motion sensor controls for lighting and heating/air conditioning. Great care was taken to preserve the oak trees that provide shade for the Quad.
The $55 million Quad renovation — funded by student receipts — involved gutting and rebuilding the halls into updated, suite-style living with modern amenities. Steps were taken to retain aspects of the buildings’ original features, including the brick exteriors and the wooden handrails in the hall stairwells.
The seven residence halls in the Quad — Shaw, Hinshaw, Gray, Bailey, Cotten, Jamison and Coit — reopened at the start of the 2012-13 academic year.
Lanita Withers Goins contributed to this report.