Auburn Hills Campus Earns LEED® Certification
UPDATE June 6, 2012 - On Monday, June 4, officials from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Oakland County and the city of Auburn Hills gathered to celebrate the school's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for renovations to an existing structure and an addition to its Auburn Hills campus. The campus, located at 2630 Featherstone Road, Auburn Hills, was designed and constructed in collaboration with Rockford Construction and SHW Group Architects-Engineers.
Renovations to an existing 68,227-square-foot building, previously owned by Daimler Chrysler, began in 2007 and opened to students in January 2008. An additional 64,518-square-foot structure was added to the existing building and completed in 2009.
June 4, 2012 - Thomas M. Cooley Law School's Auburn Hills campus has achieved the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC uses LEED certification to designate the world's greenest, energy-efficient and high-performing buildings.
Cooley's Auburn Hills campus, located at 2630 Featherstone Road, was designed and constructed in collaboration with Rockford Construction and SHW Group Architects-Engineers, both LEED-accredited professionals who designed the project to ensure sustainable design practices were incorporated into the project.
Renovations to an existing 68,227-square-foot building, previously owned by Daimler Chrysler, began in 2007 and opened to students in January 2008. An additional 64,518-square-foot structure was added to the existing building and completed in early 2009.
"Cooley Law School takes into account the best possible practices being used in construction, including sustainability, in all of its construction," said William Schoettle, Cooley COO and vice president of operations. "Ultimately, LEED building practices made sense financially. It saves money for the school over the long term and preserves natural resources in the process."
Many features of Cooley's Auburn Hills campus were designed to fulfill the requirements for LEED certification, including the use of low volatile organic compounds paints, sealants, carpets and wood materials that greatly minimize toxic fumes. The original structure features a reflective roof (white color) that minimizes heat gain in the warmer months. The new addition uses a "green roof," complete with soil and plants to minimize storm water runoff and reduce energy consumption during the warm and cold seasons; it also extends the life of the roof's underlayment, saving maintenance dollars.
To conserve fresh water, low-flow toilet and plumbing fixtures, as well as water-efficient landscaping, were installed. Interior lighting is controlled by room usage and lower-wattage lighting, enhanced by natural light, is being used.
The heating and cooling system maximizes the use of outdoor fresh air and, at the same time, automatically lowers energy consumption when the building is not in use. The school's janitorial staff has been trained to close window shades to reduce heat gain and loss when they are cleaning offices
Cooley Law School's Auburn Hills campus is the only law school facility in Michigan to achieve LEED certification. The school is only the fourth law school in the nation to be LEED certified.
"Cooley Law School has answered my call for Oakland County businesses and residents to find ways to reduce their energy consumption," said L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County executive.
"Last year, we opened the nation's first LEED Gold certified airport terminal at Oakland County International Airport. The terminal's utility costs have dropped from 70 cents-per-square- foot to 39 cents-per-square-foot, a real savings to taxpayers. I’m sure we'll see some of those savings at Cooley."
About Cooley Law School: Founded in 1972, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 16,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.