McDonough School of Business Awarded LEED Silver Certification

April 09, 2010 Hariri Building

Rafik B. Hariri Building Earns Silver Certification for its Environmentally Friendly Features

Washington, D.C. – Georgetown University’s new Rafik B. Hariri Building recently was awarded LEED® Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

“This is a recognition of the excellence of Georgetown’s standards of stewardship and longstanding commitment to sustainability,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “From the fluidized bed coal boiler in 1979, to the solar panels we installed on the Bunn Intercultural Center in 1982, to our fuel cell buses, Georgetown has long been green. We’ve done so because of a dedication to the principle of sustainability.”

The Hariri Building, which houses Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, is the newest building on Georgetown’s campus and has been recognized both for its use of state-of the art technology and its environmentally friendly design.

“We teach our students about leadership and social responsibility, and the new Hariri Building shows that we practice what we teach,” said George Daly, dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “We are proud that the Hariri Building provides an ideal setting for teaching and learning while also minimizing its impact on the environment.”

The LEED Silver certification is based on five broad categories: sustainable site design and development, water efficiency, energy, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The Hariri Building’s green features include:

• An expected energy savings of 15 percent through efficient lighting design and controls, including the extensive use of dimmable high-efficiency fluorescent fixtures, optimized garage exhaust fan controls, and ultra low-flow lavatory fixtures;
• A 41 percent water use reduction through use of ultra low flow fixtures and dual-flush water closets;
• Water-efficient landscaping;
• Operable exterior windows that contribute to indoor environmental quality;
• Building materials that contain recycled content and were manufactured locally;
• More than half of the construction waste – 800 tons – was recycled and re-used;
• Bicycle storage facilities, proximity to public transportation, and several preferred parking spaces for hybrid and electric vehicles;
• Highly reflective materials that were used to pave 68 percent of the non-roof impervious surfaces;
• Low-emitting paints, adhesives, sealants and carpeting;
• Manufacturing 25 percent of the total building materials using recycled materials; and
• Local products, in that nearly 31 percent of the total building materials were extracted, harvested, or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site.

The 179,000-square-foot building opened in the summer of 2009 and houses Georgetown’s undergraduate and graduate business programs. Major gifts from alumni fully funded the design and construction of the $82.5 million facility. The building is named in memory of the late Rafik B. Hariri, a two-time prime minister of Lebanon, noted philanthropist, and ardent advocate of education, through a gift by his son, Saad Hariri, the prime minister of Lebanon and a 1992 graduate of the McDonough School of Business.

Located on the Georgetown University campus, the Rafik B. Hariri Building features 15 classrooms, 34 breakout rooms, 15 conference rooms, 11 interview rooms, a 400-seat auditorium, two large student lounges, and 120 faculty offices.

Georgetown worked with Boston-based architectural firm Goody Clancy and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company to create an environmentally friendly building.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit