Heiser Natural Sciences Complex gets environmental seal of approval

New College’s new wing of the Heiser Natural Sciences Complex has been given a Gold LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

This plaque will be displayed in the Heiser Natural Sciences building.
This plaque will be displayed in the Heiser Natural Sciences building.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system promoting sustainable building and development practices through a rating system that promotes better environmental and health performance. In awarding it’s Gold certification, the Council’s president, Mahesh Ranafian, said the building is “a showcase example of sustainability and demonstrates your leadership in transforming the building industry.” The designation also comes with a glass plaque that will be displayed inside Heiser, according to the College’s coordinator of construction projects, John Milton.

The 22,000-square-foot addition houses the division and chair’s offices, eight faculty offices, a computer sciences reading room, a physics teaching lab with support spaces, and a conference room and large classroom that can be converted to research laboratory space in the future.

This is not the first time New College has earned LEED certification. The Academic Center, or ACE building, was awarded Gold certification in 2011 for features including toilets that use residual rainwater from the roof and air conditioning condensate, carbon dioxide sensors that measure air quality and adjust the air conditioning accordingly, and high-efficiency windows. More than 85 percent of construction site debris was recycled.


Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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