USFSP Taking the LEED


Lynn Pippenger Hall, home to USF St. Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business, has received a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the third building at USFSP to receive LEED Gold certification, the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

“The more we can construct buildings that meet the highest of environmental standards, we not only improve the health of our college community but it pays in the long run with greater energy savings and lower day-to-day costs,” said Joe Trubacz, Regional Vice Chancellor of Administrative and Financial Services at USFSP.

Sustainable design elements and products were used throughout Lynn Pippenger Hall to include Forest Stewardship Council certified wood, materials sourced locally and regionally, and a management system to monitor energy usage. The building received especially high marks for water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and innovation. Additionally, the project received praise for its access to public transportation and concerted efforts to reduce pollution and recycling waste during construction.

“The work of innovative building projects such as USFSP’s Lynn Pippenger Hall is a fundamental driving force in transforming the way buildings are built, designed and operated,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council. “Buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and reducing operating costs while prioritizing sustainable practices.”

Lynn Pippenger Hall is a four-story building  with more than 68,000 square feet of classroom, office and common spaces.  It was designed by a joint venture between Harvard Jolly Architecture of St. Petersburg, Florida and ikon.5 architects of Princeton, New Jersey. The building is home to the Kate Tiedemann College of Business.

The Science and Technology building at USFSP was the first to earn LEED Gold certification in the USF System in 2010. The University Student Center received LEED Gold certification in 2014. LEED provides a framework for healthy, efficient and cost-saving green buildings. Projects pursuing certification earn points for attributes such as energy use and air quality.