NCSU Wolf Ridge Achieves LEED Silver Certification

LS3P is pleased to congratulate North Carolina State University on a significant achievement in sustainability. Wolf Ridge Housing and Dining, a 6-building complex located on NCSU’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC, has just been certified LEED Silver. With over 550,000 SF of sustainable construction, the certification is a huge accomplishment for NCSU and our LS3P/Sasaki project team.


Project Facts:

The 6-building complex provides 1,200 beds in 2-, 3-, or 4-bedroom apartment-style units, and offers the first housing and dining options on Centennial Campus. Wolf Ridge also includes a 20,000 SF dining facility, On the Oval, which caters to students, faculty, and research partners and promotes “informal creative collisions” between these diverse groups. The project includes a bookstore, administrative offices, residence life spaces, mailrooms, a fitness center, and a variety of multipurpose areas to foster interaction and connectivity.

Sustainable Urban Design:

Due to the site’s dramatic slope and highly visible location on the growing campus, the urban design requirements for the project were a tall order. The complex completes and defines the southeastern edge of the campus green known as The Oval. Urban design features include:

  • Buildings in close proximity to one another , maximizing open space and creating an urban density
  • Outdoor activity nodes and a variety of gathering spaces to support pedestrian activity
  • Woodland views to maintain a connection with nature
  • Easy access to alternative transportation and multiple bus stops
  • Engaging, walkable, human-scale spaces
  • Bike racks to make cycling an easy transportation option.

Sustainable Strategies, Materials, and Systems:

  • Green roof to reduce the heat island effect
  • 50,000 gallon rainwater cistern for irrigation
  • Cooking oil reclamation system to allow used oil to be converted and sold as bio-fuel
  • Operable windows for comfort, natural ventilation, and indoor air quality
  • Individual controls for lighting and thermal comfort
  • Low-flow fixtures and water-efficient landscaping to support a 50% water use reduction
  • Low-VOC paints, adhesives, and sealants
  • Almost 40% regionally-sourced materials, 20% recycled content
  • Uses 27% less energy than standard code-compliant buildings
  • Building commissioning
  • Sustainability education in the form of “dashboards” that display energy and water usage for each building

Congratulations to NCSU and the entire project team for raising the bar on our efforts towards excellence in sustainable design.