The Learning Commons project at York Technical College was recently featured in an article regarding the LEED Gold certification level for the project.  Watson Tate Savory and the College worked closely together to identify sustainability goals early in design.  Those goals including drastically reducing the amount of paving around the building, in favor of more planted areas and pedestrian oriented areas, resulting in 74,000 square feet of open space which is over two times the footprint of the building.  The team was also able to reuse 75% of the existing building, reduce water use by nearly 40% and energy use by a third.  During construction, 84% of waste was recycled and a third of construction materials were sourced locally and 28% materials were manufactured using recycled materials.


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Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

York Technical College’s Anne Springs Close Learning Commons was recently awarded Gold certification from LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for providing a cost-saving and efficient building. LEED, is a worldwide and widely used green building rating system used to identify sustainability achievement and leadership. 

“The Learning Commons is York Technical College’s first certified LEED Gold building and this a huge accomplishment for the College,” said Robby Brown, the director of facilities management at York Tech. “This sets the standard for the College in terms of sustainability in the future.” 

South Carolina requires new or renovated state funded buildings to earn a minimum of the LEED Silver standard. The LEED plaque, which will be displayed in the Learning Commons, demonstrates that a building has been built, designed and is operating as intended. 

Named after local philanthropist Anne Springs Close, the Learning Commons is the College’s newest building on campus and opened in January 2020. It houses the library, group study and conference rooms, and student support services such as the College’s Academic Coaching and Tutoring center. Additional amenities include a café, gaming areas, computer work stations, and more. 

The Learning Commons is approximately 33,000 square feet. It was designed by Watson Tate Savory Architects and built by Beam Construction Company, Inc.