USG's Camille Kendall Academic Center Earns "Best Green Building" Award







ROCKVILLE, MD (June 9, 2008) - The Camille Kendall Academic Center at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville, Maryland, was honored as the "Best Green Building" by the National Association of Industrial & Office Parks (NAIOP). Skanska USA won the award for innovation in sustainable buildings from the chapter encompassing Washington D.C., Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland. Skanska, a leading construction firm recognized for its sustainability expertise, served as the construction manager for the project.

The 192,000 square-foot Kendall Center is the largest "green" higher education building in the state of Maryland and one of the first University System of Maryland (USM) buildings to achieve a LEED®-Gold certification. The certification, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, reflects adherence to stringent sustainable design and construction measures that protect and preserve natural resources.

The building's "green" features include roof gardens, an energy-conserving HVAC and water system, recycled building materials, and the use of sustainable materials such as wheat board, bamboo flooring, and banana fiber tables. The Kendall Center was named "Public Building of the Year" by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Maryland.

"The Camille Kendall Academic Center demonstrates the university system's commitment to create well designed, environmentally sensitive facilities," said USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan. "Sustainability will shape our policies and practices as we work to confront the challenges of climate change. This new center demonstrates that ‘good' design and ‘green' design can go hand-in-hand."

The center is the centerpiece of the 50-acre campus with its state-of-the-art features including 45 "smart" classrooms, 10 computer classrooms, two open computer laboratories, as well as distance-learning classrooms, administrative and faculty offices, and a 20,000-square-foot library. It offers expansive student services, student lounges, study areas, a 200-seat dining hall, a bookstore operated by Barnes & Noble, and fitness center.

The center is named for Camille Kendall, a leading Montgomery County philanthropist with a long record of supporting higher education in the area. Camille and her husband Cliff, a University of Maryland alumnus and chairman of the USM Board of Regents, have donated more than $3 million for endowed scholarships at USG to aid transfer students who demonstrate financial need, great potential for success, and a spirit of community service

The Universities at Shady Grove is an innovative model for delivering top-quality higher education programs. USG is not one university; instead it is a collaboration of nine leading public universities in Maryland offering more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Montgomery County.

Established in 2000, the USG campus now serves 2,600 full- and part-time students who take classes days, evenings, and weekends. Participating USM partners include Bowie State University; Salisbury University; Towson University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and University of Maryland University College.

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