Everyday there are new buildings being constructed around the country. Many of these buildings are choosing the responsible path of focusing on LEED certification design. This decision not only improves the energy consumption and long time efficiency of the structure but still allows architects to create aesthetically stunning buildings that are instant landmarks in their area.

University of Maryland – School of Pharmacy

The $85 million, 128,951 square foot building was designed by RCG Architects, out of Baltimore. It is connected to the previous pharmacy building by a four-story glass atrium, which also allows natural light throughout the building. The recycled structural steel in the building provides a strong framing to the entire structure which was a key factor in it’s receiving LEED Gold certification.

University of Pennsylvania – Horticulture Center

Opened in October 2011, the $13 million, 20,840 square foot Horticulture Center received LEED Platinum certification, the first for the university. This building, according to the university, is the last component of a “master plan”-envisioned way as far back as 1977-for a modern botanical garden. Structural steel used in the project was all locally-sourced, to add to it’s already high recycled content.