V. Randall Turpin Building

The V. Randall Turpin University Services Building at The University of Utah attained LEED® GOLD certification - LEED for Commercial Interiors: v.2.0.

The LEED green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings.

The V. Randall Turpin Building renovated space houses Campus Design, Facilities Management and Campus Construction — the departments that administer on-Campus construction, including all LEED® projects. The Turpin Building renovation was sequenced in eight phases over two years to allow continuous occupancy by all personnel throughout construction. All essential 'prerequisites' were met.

The project took advantage of superior location near diverse community activities/services, and access to public transportation. It avoided adding any new parking, provided more than adequate secure bicycle storage, and provided change/shower facilities for bike commuters.


Energy systems were improved where possible, without changing mechanical systems extensively. Lighting controls were linked to introduced skylights. Systems were enhanced commissioned to assure expected performance. 'Green power' from wind was purchased for two years by employee contributions. Solar panels were added on the roof, not for LEED credit, but to offset electrical demand of the renovated area.


Materials conservation was deliberately linked with construction economy. Campus Construction work crews were able to conserve resources to an extreme degree, 73%, minimizing demolition, and rebuilding & reusing materials.

Finish materials, such as carpeting, doors& frames, glazing and hardware were reused within the project. More than 1/3 of furniture & furnishings were reused from other projects on campus. More than 44% of materials cost, including reused furnishings, were sourced from other Campus projects within 1 mile, well within the 500-mile radius for 'regional' materials.


Extreme care was exercised to protect HVAC systems and ductwork from dust or contamination, preserving indoor air quality (IAQ). All materials choices were screened to minimize emissions of VOCs, formaldehyde and other toxic airborne compounds. All adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, carpet systems, composite wood and laminate adhesives were carefully selected.

Interior working environments were enhanced by individual lighting controls, and by addition of tubular skylights for natural light.


The project was awarded 'exemplary performance' and 'innovation' extra credits for resource reuse, regional sourcing, green power, educational program, and participation of a LEED-Accredited Professional.


The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

USGBC's Mission:  To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operatioed, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

USGBS's Vision:  Buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.






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Turpin LEED™ Brochure

Categories of Excellence:

The Turpin University Building has attained 32 of 59 credits from the following six green building credit categories:

•  Sustainable Sites - 5/7
•  Water Efficiency - N/A
•  Energy & Atmosphere - 5/14
•  Materials & Resources - 8/14
•  Indoor
    Environmental Quality - 9/17
•  Innovation in Design - 5/5

VRTUSB LEED Score 32/59


 • Within walking distance of
    many services
 • Alternative Transport, i.e.
    TRAX, shuttle & buses
 • Campus ‘Comprehensive
    Transportation Plan’
 • University alternative fuels
    refueling station

 • ‘Energy Star’ rated equipment
 • Individualized lighting
 • Enhanced commissioning
 • Green power

 • Extensive finishes
 • >73% reused materials
 • >30% reused furnishings
 • >44% regional sourcing

 • IAQ Management
 • Low emitting materials
 • Controllable task lighting
 • Daylighting with skylights

 • Exemplary regional materials
    reuse—sourced from campus
 • Exemplary furnishings reuse
 • Green power purchased by
 • Public/student/staff
    education programs