The University of North Florida’s Skinner-Jones Hall, located near the center of campus adjacent to J.J. Daniel Hall, has been certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver by the U. S. Green Building Council.
“I’m very pleased that the Skinner Jones Hall project achieved a Silver LEED certification designation,” said Paul Stewart, Campus Planning, Design and Construction director. “This is another example of UNF’s commitment to constructing sustainable buildings.”
The new Skinner-Jones Hall, Building 4, is the culmination of a project that includes the complete renovation of the former Skinner-Jones North and Skinner-Jones Hall South, initially called Buildings 3 and 4, combined with a new four-story addition and entrance lobby.
The transformation of these two buildings, which were part of the original campus footprint in 1972, were completed last spring. The total building square footage is approximately 115,400 gross square feet and cost nearly $30M to renovate.
In addition to modernizing the facilities, the project provides space for the School of Engineering and the Department of Construction Management, which occupies nearly 65 percent of the facility. The building houses general purpose classrooms, common spaces, various departmental offices as well as teaching and research labs.
Skinner-Jones Hall also includes space for the Taylor Engineering Research Institute, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Materials Science and Engineering Research Facility, the Writing Center and the dean’s suite for the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction.
With this latest certification, there are now a total of 11 buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council on the UNF campus, demonstrating the University’s commitment to the environment.
The LEED™ Green Building Rating System is a voluntary third-party rating system where credits are earned for satisfying specified green building criteria. Projects are evaluated within six environmental categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, federal and local agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.