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LSU Hilltop Arboretum’s Education Facility – LEED Certified

The LSU Hilltop Arboretum’s Imogene Newsom Brown Education Facility is the first LSU building to be awarded LEED Certification.  The Bert Turner Courtyard designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects anchors the education facility including the Beverly Brown Coates Auditorium to the existing open-air pavilion, and serves as an important demonstration for best-practices for developing outdoor living space that extends the indoor space into the landscape, and works in concert with natural systems to utilize water and plant resources in a sustainable way.  The LSU College of Art and Design will use the project as an educational resource for teaching green building principles in the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design for graduate and under-graduate students.

Hilltop Arboretum




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Cypress Hall – LEED Registered

Cypress Hall is the newest addition to the housing inventory at LSU. Two years in the making, the opening of Cypress Hall in fall 2015 is exciting for students and housing staff alike. The building will be the first LEED-certified residence hall on campus, and will feature four-story towers for 330 student rooms. The ground floor will be an open area with classrooms, offices, kitchens, laundry facilities, front desk, and other amenities for residents.  Located on the west side of campus by The Enchanted Forest, Cypress Hall offers residents easy access to The 5 dining hall, The Quad, Middleton Library, and the Greek Amphitheater. Cypress Hall is a leader in energy-efficiency as a LEED-certified building with indoor-outdoor learning spaces, storm water recovery systems, interior bike storage rooms, energy-efficient mechanical systems, sustainable finishes, and solar demonstration systems.

Cypress Hall