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Maurice J. Gallagher Jr. Hall, home of the Graduate School of Management
at the University of California, has earned a “platinum”
certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

It is the first business school building in California that was given this award.So far, only two other business school buildings have won a
platinum ranking.

The platinum complex houses Gallagher Hall and the adjacent UC Davis
Conference Center. The 83,000-square-foot project, completed in
September 2009, was designed and built to use 30 percent less energy
than a typical office building.

A solar power array is being installed
on complex’s rooftop this fall.

UC Davis Graduate School of Management Earns LEED Platinum Award 3

We’re thrilled with the platinum rating for Gallagher Hall, which
reflects the Graduate School of Management’s and UC Davis’ culture of
environmental responsibility and our collective commitment to furthering
the global adoption of sustainable green building and development
practices.”  – Steven C. Currall dean management school

“UC Davis is a pioneer in clean technology research and
energy-efficiency solutions, and this is yet another example of how our
campus both creates and adopts clean energy innovations,” Currall added.

Worldwide, only 610 buildings have earned the rigorous platinum
certification since 2000, when the building council established its LEED
rating system.

The Gallagher Hall/Conference Center complex is the third project at UC
Davis to earn the platinum certification, more than any other University
of California campus. The complex joins the UC Davis Robert Mondavi
Institute for Wine and Food Science, which made history last year as the
first brewery, winery and food-processing complex in the world to go

The Conference Center, located across from the UC Davis Robert and

Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and adjacent to the

campus’ Hyatt Place hotel, hosts nearly 500 conferences annually,
including last years’ Governors Global Climate Summit 3, an event that
drew leaders from around the world to develop subnational collaboration
on policies and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and
stimulate green jobs.

The platinum award adds to UC Davis’ reputation as a pioneer in

sustainable building and practices.