A new graduate residential hall at the University of Michigan has received LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Walbridge successfully completed construction of Munger Graduate Residences in July 2015.
Among the high marks for Munger, judges noted the use of alternative transportation-low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, plans to manage indoor air quality, composite wood and agrifiber products and having a LEED accredited professional. Use of regionally manufactured and extracted building materials with recycled content and low-flow fixtures also received high marks.
The building is the first residence hall at U-M to be LEED Gold certified.
Originally designed and intended to be a LEED Silver certified building, through a concerted effort by the designer and Walbridge the LEED Gold certification was achieved.
Munger was built just south of U-M’s Thompson Street Parking structure on the corner of E. Madison and Thompson streets and houses 630 graduate and professional level students in apartment-style surroundings. It opened for students at the start of the 2015 academic year.
Floors one through seven house multi-room apartments with private bathrooms, laundry, multi-purpose dining and living space, and full kitchens. Walbridge construction of 730 modular bathroom units for Munger at a site 10 miles west of Ann Arbor.
Alumnus Charles Munger, who studied mathematics at U-M in the 1940s, donated funding for the construction and furnishing of the new graduate residence. Munger Graduate Residence is a continuation of the U-M Residential Life Initiatives program, which launched in 2004 in order to modernize existing campus facilities.