The Adler School of Professional Psychology announced today its new Chicago campus has been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification—the internationally recognized accreditation that represents the highest standards in indoor environmental quality and resource stewardship.
The Adler School campus, which this week marks the one-year anniversary of its grand opening, is located at 17 N. Dearborn in the hub of Chicago’s central downtown business district. The 101,000-square-foot space, designed by Chicago-based Cannon Design with consulting from Energy Center of Wisconsin, features a host of environmental best practices including:
- Energy-efficient light fixtures and a lighting design that achieves a 20 percent savings in energy use over conventional lighting strategies.
- “Daylight harvesting” sensors that dim lights when sufficient natural daylight is present.
- Furniture and construction materials that contain 30 percent recycled content, with most manufactured within 500 miles of the campus’ location.
- New state-of-the-art mechanical and upgraded HVAC systems featuring the latest energy-saving technology.
- Airflow monitoring that ensures a high level of indoor air quality, which studies have linked to improved educational outcomes.
- A central location with easy, nearby access to public and alternative means of transportation.
The Adler School’s LEED gold certification comes on the heels of its selection as a renovation leader in BUILDINGS’ 2011 Project Innovations Awards. In addition to its sustainable features, the Adler School campus was recognized for its tech-savvy design that creates transparency between classrooms and corridors, including access to natural daylight that offers a sense of constant connection to the city.
For example, classrooms feature glass walls that maximize natural light into the campus’ interior spaces which house administrative offices, while promoting human connection and providing students with full view of Chicago’s downtown skylines.
“The Adler School is founded on the idea that our health resides in our community life and connections, and the LEED gold certification recognizes our commitment to a healthy community that includes our physical campus environment,” Adler School President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D. said.
“The new campus was designed to foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, and responsibility among our students, faculty, and staff. It has significantly contributed to increased engagement on campus – we’re seeing our graduate students on campus longer and more often.”
The Adler School’s academic spaces are connected by two-story open atriums anchored by grand staircases and serving as hubs to a mix of social, study, community learning and work spaces. The campus also houses a wellness studio, café, library, Adler Community Health Services, the Institute on Social Exclusion, the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, and Adler Community Hall—a multimedia-enabled presentation hall with full audio/video support capabilities and capacity for more than 150 people.
The new campus also provides students and faculty with a technologically advanced learning environment, with classrooms featuring a range of interactive and multimedia resources; Mediascape collaborative work stations for laptop users; and a campus wireless network providing secure, high-speed wireless connectivity.
Compared with the School’s former downtown campus space, the new facility has more than doubled the School’s classroom and computing capacity as well as its dedicated library space. It has also enhanced the School’s ability to provide individual and classroom research assistance, in addition to online library resource instruction, with a teaching laboratory equipped with computer stations that accommodate online, hands-on group instruction.
About the Adler School of Professional Psychology
The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a Scholar/Practitioner model for more than 50 years. The School’s mission is to train socially responsible graduates who continue the visionary work of Alfred Adler throughout the world. The Adler School offers 13 graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.
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