News Release

Published on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Western Technical College’s Black River Falls facility addition achieved Silver certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

“This project represents Western Technical College’s commitment to the development of sustainable practices, energy efficiency, and green design in building,” said Ian Long, Energy Solutions Development engineer at Johnson Controls. “Achieving Silver certification status demonstrates the serious commitment and cooperation by planners, architects, contractors, and all team members involved throughout the process.”

Key partners to the project include Western Technical College, Johnson Controls, Inc., Market & Johnson Construction, HSR Associates, Strategic Solution Engineering, Nexus Solutions, RDG Planning and Design, Wunderlich- Malec, and Garland Commercial Roofing.

The new building construction highlights wide ranging energy efficient building systems, extensive construction activity pollution protection, water efficient building landscape design, on-site renewable energy, strong transit connectivity to the local community, regional materials used in building construction, and ideal indoor environment conditions including high air quality management; low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) construction materials; and high controllability of building HVAC systems.

Western’s Lunda Center, Kumm Center Student Union, and bookstore addition are LEED Silver certified. Western’s Sparta Public Safety Training Center addition is LEED Gold certified.

For more information about LEED certification, visit the U.S. Green Building Council website at To learn about other Western Technical College sustainability efforts visit