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FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Achieves LEED Gold Certification

                   BOCA RATON, FL (September 24, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has been officially certified with a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. This is both FAU’s first LEED gold-certified building and the first building in South Florida to achieve this rating.

            “Florida Atlantic University is committed to taking the lead in the critically important ‘green’ movement to bring manmade environment into long-term compatibility with the natural environment,” said FAU President Frank T. Brogan. “Going forward, every publicly funded facility that’s built on FAU’s campuses will meet a silver LEED standard and many of them will go beyond that.”   

There are four levels of LEED certification available: certified, silver, gold and platinum.   LEED uses a point system to rate new and renovated buildings based on environmental impact. The rating consist of areas in site selection, water efficiency, energy efficiency, the types of materials used, indoor air quality, innovation and design.

“FAU committed to building sustainable green architecture because it made sense,” said Tom Donaudy, vice president for facilities at FAU. “Not only does green architecture save operating dollars over the life of the building, it also improves the building occupants, health, comfort, and productivity while reducing pollution and landfill waste.  Our commitment and resolve to building green architecture has come to fruition.”  

The 76,000-square-foot, three-story building – designed by SchenkelSchultz Architecture and TLC Engineering for Architecture – is equipped with carbon dioxide monitoring, indoor chemical and pollutant control, lighting controls, low-toxicity materials, 25 percent recycled content and reduced energy consumption that saves more than 17 percent in cost compared to a traditional building.   The floors of the building are made of bamboo, a quick-growing, renewable plant, and the reflective roof and glazed windows let in light, but not heat. Outdoor lamps also have been strategically aimed to avoid creating light pollution around the exterior of the building.

“This is such wonderful news,” said Dr. Anne Boykin, dean of the College of Nursing. “When we designed our new ‘home,’ we were intentionally focused on creating a healthy, healing environment ­­– one which honored the values and traditions of nursing.”

            For more information on the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Gold LEED certification, contact Tom Donaudy at 561-297-2663 or


Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges:  the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Barry Kaye College of Business and the Colleges of  Education, Engineering & Computer Science, and Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs.

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