Family Learning Center earns LEED Gold certification

Family Learning Center

Joe Angeles

Children parade during the Family Learning Center grand opening in October. In January, the university announced that the Family Learning Center building had received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED rating system is a third-party certification program and a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of environmentally friendly buildings. The Family Learning Center building, designed by Ross Barney Architects, features energy-efficient equipment and lighting; lighting controls; a thermally efficient building envelope; regional, recycled and rapidly renewable materials; and native and adapted planting. The Family Learning Center is one of 13 total LEED-certified buildings on WUSTL campuses and is the university’s seventh LEED Gold-certified building. For more information on the Family Learning Center, visit