URBANA, Ill. — A newly renovated, century-old landmark on the University of Illinois campus has earned the nation’s highest “green building” designation for environmentally friendly design and construction, thanks to efforts such as reusing wood trim and doors and buying construction materials from regional suppliers.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced Saturday the historic Lincoln Hall has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, platinum status. Quinn’s office said Lincoln Hall is just the second historic building in the state to receive the top designation, which is particularly difficult for older structures to achieve.
“Lincoln Hall is the perfect example of what we can do when we work together and make smart, strategic investments,” the Chicago Democrat said in an emailed statement.
The designation from the U.S. Green Building Council indicates the project meets certain measurable environmental standards for design and construction.
Lincoln Hall was built between 1909 and 1911 as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln.