Third Street Suites is located on Third Street between the Black Cultural Center and Krach Leadership Center on the campus of Purdue University. The 124,200 SF 5-story building is a 304-bed residence hall that provides break-out and learning spaces to support student academic success. The building also provides mixed-use retail on the first floor as well as staff apartments.
Purdue University set the goal of achieving LEED®NCv3 Silver Certification during the schematic design phase in 2011, in alignment with the university’s sustainability guidelines. Platinum Earth was an integral part of the project team from the beginning of Schematic Design in collaboration with architecture firms, Scholer Corporation and Sasaki as well as Loftus Engineering. Platinum Earth provided full LEED consulting services – from the team-led Eco-Charette, design reviews and LEED-specific specification sections, through site visits, project meetings, and LOL coordination and submission.
Among its many sustainability achievements, Third Street Suites is 28.86% more energy efficient than a comparable building meeting basic energy codes. It received Exemplary Performance in Regional Materials at 49.43% and Water Use Reduction at 46%. The project also received an Innovation in Design credit for its implementation of lamps with reduced mercury content, providing an average of 27.94 picograms per lumen hour – well below the 80 required to meet the credit requirements.
Platinum Earth is proud that Third Street Suites exceeded initial design objectives, receiving LEED Gold certification in February of 2016.