LEED-Certified Projects

As of September 2017, UC San Diego has completed 32 LEED-certified buildings and renovations on campus – 3 Platinum, 17 Gold, 6 Silver and 6 certified. In addition, three proejcts are pending certification.

See Green Building for more information about our sustainable building practices.

Platinum

Charles David Keeling Apartments – Revelle College Housing

Charles David Keeling Apartments – Revelle College Housing

Sustainable Features

  • Passive solar building orientation and shading devices to take advantage of and control solar gain
  • Natural ventilation and cross ventilation in each apartment
  • High-performance exterior envelope
  • Daylighting optimization
  • Energy-efficient building systems
  • Water conservation with low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • High-albedo materials/finishes to reduce heat island effect on roofs
  • Rooftop photovoltaics infrastructure
  • Recycled and sustainable building materials
  • Bioswale landscape for storm water drainage and filtration
  • Drought-tolerant landscaping

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Charles Kaminski
  • Architect: Kieran Timberlake
  • Contractor: Swinerton Builders, Inc.
  • Completed: 2011

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility II

Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility

Sustainable Features

  • High efficiency air handling system
  • Hybrid tempered air system for offices with operable windows
  • Recovered condensate water from air handling units used for irrigation and toilet flushing
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures
  • Dynamic exterior sun shade system
  • High albedo roof surface
  • Maximized day lighting in offices and laboratories

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Mark Rowland
  • Architect: Zimmer Gunsel Frasca Architect, LLC
  • Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • Completed: 2014

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling Laboratory (MESOM)

Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling Laboratory (MESOM)

Sustainable Features

  • Shading devices to protect the glazing from the ocean/sun glare
  • Natural ventilation through operable windows into all portions of the building.
  • Central Chiller controls for the 4 Labs on the third floor using VFD's for high efficiency
  • Large windows facilitating natural Daylighting into all workspaces, conference rooms, offices and labs
  • Locally controlled task lighting
  • Hydronic heating system with local controls
  • Energy efficient glazing
  • Energy efficient building construction
  • Water conservation w/low use plumbing fixtures
  • High albedo materials/finishes to reduce heat island effect on roofs
  • Rooftop photovoltaics in addition to use of power generated from "green" sources
  • Recycled and sustainable building materials
  • FSC certified wood siding and shading materials
  • Bioswale landscape for storm water drainage and filtration
  • Native and Drought tolerant landscape materials

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Kathy Lord
  • Architect: THA Architecture, Inc.
  • Contractor: Rudolph & Sletten, Inc.
  • Completed: 2013

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Gold

64 Degrees – Revelle Plaza Café Renovation

64 Degrees

Sustainable Features

  • Drought tolerant plants and efficient irrigation consumes little water
  • New wood was sustainably harvested and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council
  • Energy efficient lighting throughout
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures installed
  • Low-VOC building products utilized for a positive impact on improved indoor air quality

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Matthew Smith
  • Architect: Studio E Architects
  • Contractor: Swinerton Builders, Inc.
  • Completed: 2016

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Blake Hall Renovation

Blake Hall

Sustainable Features

  • Drought tolerant plants create a colorful palate, which uses little water and requires no fertilizers.
  • Interior finish materials selected which have a high recycled content.
  • Natural ventilation at each suite. 
  • Energy efficient lighting throughout.
  • EnergyStar certified equipment and appliances.
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures installed.
  • Low-VOC building products utilized for a positive impact on improved indoor air quality

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Robin Tsuchida
  • Architect: Vasquez Marshall Architects
  • Contractor: BNBuilders, Inc.
  • Completed: 2013

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Central Research Services Facility

Central Research Services Facility

Sustainable Features

  • Provisions for alternative transportation
  • Light pollution reduction
  • Integrated a pest management program
  • Increased efficiency of thermal comfort and lighting system controllability

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Mark Rowland
  • Architect: HDR Architecture, Inc.
  • Contractor: Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
  • Completed: 2015

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Galbraith Hall Renovation

Gallbraith Hall

Sustainable Features

  • Use of external green power sources and reduces the building’s power output
  • Installation of Energy Star equipment
  • Provisions for additional bike racks
  • Substantial reduction in water usage
  • Increased energy efficiency and controls for lighting

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Robin Tsuchida
  • Architect: Kevin deFreitas Architects
  • Contractor: Mortenson Construction
  • Completed: 2013

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Jacobs Medical Center Central Utilities Plant

Jacobs Medical Center Central Utilities Plant

Sustainable Features

  • Protection of surrounding natural habitat
  • Effective control of stormwater runoff
  • Reduction of water usage along with water efficient landscaping
  • Maximized the use of open space
  • High energy efficiency with the mechanical and electrical systems

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Randy Leopold
  • Architect: Cannon Design
  • Contractor: Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
  • Completed: 2016

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Mesa Child Development Center

Mesa Child Development Center

Sustainable Features

  • Addition of public transportation access
  • Reduced energy usage
  • Low-VOC materials used for building components
  • Increased natural daylighting

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Christina Mannion
  • Architect: Hodges & Hodges Architects
  • Contractor: Good & Roberts, LLC
  • Completed: 2015

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Muir College - Stewart Commons Renovation

Stewart Commons

Sustainable Features

  • Implementation of Energy Star rated equipment
  • Reduction of lighting power density
  • Increased reduction in water usage
  • Incorporation of external power sources, reducing the building’s equipment energy load

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Joel King
  • Architect: Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker
  • Contractor: Reno Contracting, Inc.
  • Completed: 2010

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Rita Atkinson Residences - Health Sciences Graduate Housing

Rita Atkinson Residences

Sustainable Features

  • Integrated landscape design for storm water filtration and drainage
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • Green roofs/high-albedo roof materials to diminish “heat island” effect
  • Optimized energy performance systems
  • Construction waste management
  • Regional materials use
  • Maximized natural ventilation
  • Low-emitting volatile organic compound materials
  • Maximized use of daylighting opportunities

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Michael Downs
  • Architect: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates Inc.
  • Contractor: Webcor Builders, Inc.
  • Completed: 2010

LEED Scorecard (PDF) 

San Diego Supercomputer Center

San Diego Supercomputer Center

Sustainable Features

  • Recycled waste from construction
  • Utilized regional materials for building components
  • Upgrade to the interior air quality efficiency
  • Increased exposure to natural daylight

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Michael Downs
  • Architect: EHDD Architecture
  • Contractor: Barnhart-Heery, Inc.
  • Completed: 2009

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Spanos Athletic Performance Center

Spanos Athletic Performance Center

Sustainable Features

  • Use of natural lighting all around the building
  • Reduce energy usage via external power sources
  • Access to alternative transportation
  • Increased ventilation efficiency

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Matthew Smith
  • Architect: Architects HGW
  • Contractor: Barnhart Reese Construction, Inc.
  • Completed: 2015

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Structural and Materials Engineering Building

Structural and Materials Engineering Building

Sustainable Features

  • Drought tolerant plants create a colorful palate, which uses little water and requires no fertilizers.
  • Interior finish materials selected which have a high recycled content.
  • Natural ventilation at each suite.
  • Energy-efficient lighting throughout.
  • Energy Star certified equipment and appliances.
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures installed.
  • Low-VOC building products utilized for a positive impact on improved indoor air quality

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Robin Tsuchida
  • Architect: The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
  • Contractor: Mortenson Construction
  • Completed: 2013

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Student Health Services Renovation

Student Health Services

Sustainable Features

  • Incorporated use of recycled and renewable materials into the building components
  • Increased natural daylighting
  • Provision for access to alternative transportation
  • Interior building controls upgraded to be more energy efficient

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Kathy Lord
  • Architect: Entente Design
  • Contractor: BSD Builders, Inc.
  • Completed: 2013

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Tamarack Apartments – Muir College Housing and Dining

Tamarack Apartments Muir College Housing

Sustainable Features

  • Participation in SDG&E Saviings-by-Design program
  • Automatic daylight harvesting in common spaces with   photocells and lighting control panels
  • High fly ash concrete
  • “Cool roof” design/Energy Star compliant
  • Rooftop photovoltaic panel incorporation
  • High shade factor = reduced “heat island” effect
  • Best practices storm water management/bioswales and “rain garden”
  • Natural ventilation
  • Construction recycling
  • 10%-20% recycled content in building materials
  • Use of regionally extracted, processed and manufactured materials
  • Low-emitting materials
  • Extensive daylighting

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Joel King
  • Architect: Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker
  • Contractor: Sundt, Inc.
  • Completed: 2011

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Telemedicine & Prime Heq Education Facility

Telemedicine and Prime Heq

Sustainable Features

  • Exceeds California Energy Code Title 24 by 20%
  • Optimized envelope design, regarding orientation, external shading and thermal performance
  • Utilized renewable energy resources where possible
  • Utilized reduced/low-energy building systems
  • Low-Albido Cool Roof system
  • Water-efficient landscaping

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Mark Rowland
  • Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
  • Contractor: Swinerton Builders, Inc.
  • Completed: 2011

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

The Village at Torrey Pines East – North Campus Housing Phase II

The Village East North Campus Housing

Sustainable Features

  • Thermal comfort and natural ventilation from operable windows, low-emissivity glass coatings and optimized building orientation.
  • Low water use plumbing fixtures.
  • Landscape irrigation from reclaimed water and rooftop drainage.
  • Concrete structure & plaster exterior utilizes regional materials.
  • Low Volatile Organic Compound materials and furnishings.
  • Thermal solar arrays integrated into shade structures.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Mark Nelson
  • Architect: Carrier Johnson
  • Contractor: Clark Construction Group
  • Completed: 2011

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

UC San Diego Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center

Suppizio Family Cardiovascular Center

Sustainable Features

  • Sediment and erosion control (SWPPP)
  • Alternative transportation
  • Reduction in heat island effect
  • Water efficient landscape design
  • Extensive building commissioning process
  • Measurement and verification systems
  • HVAC economizers
  • Managed construction waste
  • Use of recycled and/or regional materials
  • Indoor air quality plan and monitoring
  • Use of low-emitting/low VOC materials
  • Day-lighting and use of “low E” glass

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Randy Leopold
  • Architect: RTKL Associates
  • Contractor: DPR Construction, Inc.
  • Completed: 2011

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Wells Fargo Hall - Rady School of Management Phase II

Wells Fargo Hall- Rady Scholl of Management

Sustainable Features

  • Optimized building envelope
  • Thermal performance
  • Low energy building systems
  • Low albido cool roof system
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • Best practice building commissioning
  • Construction waste management

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Michael Downs
  • Architect: Ellerbe Becket, Inc.
  • Contractor: Swinerton Builders, Inc.
  • Completed: 2012

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Silver

East Campus Office Building

East Campus Office Building

Sustainable Features

  • Water efficient landscaping and restoration of natural habitat
  • Connectivity to the surrounding community and public transportation
  • Energy efficient lighting systems
  • Low-VOC materials utilized for building components

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Barbara Anderson
  • Architect: Gensler
  • Contractor: C.W. Driver
  • Completed: 2011

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

East Campus Health Science Parking Structure

East Campus Parking Structure

Sustainable Features

  • Access to public transportation
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • Use of natural ventilation
  • Optimization of lighting controls to reduce energy use
  • Provisions of electric vehicle/carpool parking and bike storage

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Robin Tsuchida
  • Architect: IPD, Inc.
  • Contractor: Bomel Construction Company, Inc.
  • Completed: 2012

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Housing, Dining & Hospitality Services Administration Building

Housing, Dining & Hospitality Administration

Sustainable Features

  • Addition of preferred carpool parking and bike storage
  • Unique glazing design which allows an abundance for natural daylight
  • Utilized recycled and regional materials for building components
  • Construction waste management for recycling materials

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Mark Nelson
  • Architect: Studio E Architects
  • Contractor: Swinerton Builders, Inc.
  • Completed: 2009

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Research Support Facility

SIO Research Support Facility

Sustainable Features

  • Drought-tolerant plants which use little water, requires no fertilizers, and creates a habitat for nature to flourish.
  • Interior finish materials selected which have a high regionally sourced content.
  • Daylighting to minimize the use of installed lighting and to create a more positive environment for occupants.
  • Solar hot water heater installed.
  • Energy efficient lighting throughout.
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures installed.
  • Low-VOC building products utilized to improve indoor air quality.
  • Pervious pavement and vegetation that reduces and improves the quality of storm water run-off
  • Highly reflective hardscape to reduce heat gain effects.​

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Juli Smith
  • Architect: RNT Architects
  • Contractor: Nielsen Construction California, Inc.
  • Completed: 2014

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Torrey Pines Center North Renovations

Office renovation

Sustainable Features

  • Reduced energy use by 30% compared to Title 24
  • Responds to solar orientation – shade south windows fully in summer, minimize and shade east and west glazing – to reduce heat gain and improve daylighting
  • Manage stormwater on site and specify water-efficient landscaping
  • Utilized local building materials and furniture

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Michael Downs
  • Architect: HMC Architects
  • Contractor:W. Driver
  • Completed: 2012

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Triton Ballpark Stadium and Clubhouse Improvement

Triton Ballpark and Clubhouse

Sustainable Features

  • Access to public transportation
  • Provision of additional bicycle storage
  • Use of non-potable water for all irrigation
  • Large reduction of building energy use
  • Use of natural daylight incorporated with the glazing design

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Matthew Smith
  • Architect: Gensler
  • Contractor: Turner Construction Co.
  • Completed: 2015

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Certified

East Campus Graduate Housing

East Campus Graduate Housing

Sustainable Features

  • Grass lined swales control off site runoff
  • Open space preservation
  • Use of native planting in a water efficient landscape
  • Steel framing used recycled content
  • Construction waste recycling
  • Awnings and recessed openings control heat gain
  • Extensive daylighting
  • Operable windows with low emissivity glazing
  • Generous bicycle storage
  • Convenient shuttle stop location

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Anka Fabian
  • Architect: Studio E Architects
  • Contractor: Sundt Construction, Inc.
  • Completed: 2007

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Original Student Center Expansion

Original Student Center Expansion

Sustainable Features

  • Provisions for access to alternative transportation
  • Water efficient landscaping and control of storm water runoff
  • Use of recycled materials
  • Improvements on reducing use of building energy

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Jay Smith
  • Architect: Public Architecture + Planning
  • Contractor: Marcotte + Hearne Builders, Inc.
  • Completed: 2008

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Price Center Expansion

Price Center Expansion

Sustainable Features

  • Glazing design to incorporate natural lighting
  • Water use reduction throughout the building
  • Use of regional and recycled materials
  • Proponent for alternative transportation

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Jay Smith
  • Architect: Cannon Design
  • Contractor:A. Mortenson Company
  • Completed: 2008

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

RIMAC Annex

RIMAC Annex

Sustainable Features

  • Access to campus transit system
  • Water use reduction
  • Construction waste recycling
  • Low-VOC building materials utilized
  • Water-efficient landscaping

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Joel King
  • Architect: Bauer and Wiley
  • Contractor: Soltek Pacific Construction
  • Completed: 2009

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

Robert Paine Scripps Institution of Oceanography Seaside Forum

Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum

Sustainable Features

  • Construction waste recycling
  • Natural ventilation utilized throughout a majority of the building
  • Specialized glazing to reduce heat gain within the building
  • Natural lighting concept implemented
  • Landscaping designed to capture and use storm water in lieu of flowing off site

Project Details

  • Project Manager: John Sturla
  • Architect: Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Contractor: Jaynes Corporation
  • Completed: 2009

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

The Village at Torrey Pines West – North Campus Housing Phase I

The Village at Torrey Pines West North Campus Housing

Sustainable Features

  • Storm water management program
  • Drought tolerant planting
  • Recycled water irrigation system
  • Flow through ventilation in apartment units
  • Cool roof technology
  • Natural day-lighting
  • User adjustable exterior sunshade panels

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Mark Rowland
  • Architect: MVE Institutional
  • Contractor: Turner Construction Company
  • Completed: 2010

LEED Scorecard (PDF)

University of California Projects

See a list of all LEED-Certified Projects.