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NOVA-Manassas celebrates LEED gold certification

LEED Unveiling

[From left] Josh Lasky from the U.S. Green Building Council, NOVA Sustainability Officer Rob Johnson, Manassas Mayor Harry J. Parrish II, NOVA Vice President Tony Bansal, NOVA-Manassas Provost Roger Ramsammy, NOVA Board member Sheryl Bass and NOVA President Robert G. Templin Jr. unveiled the plaque certifying Harry J. Parrish Hall as LEED gold. The academic building is located at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. 

Harry J. Parrish Hall at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College has been certified LEED gold for green building design, construction methods, interior and exterior materials, and operations and maintenance.

The academic building is named for the late Harry J. Parrish, a life-long advocate for the community and higher education, and is the first NOVA building to achieve the gold level.

On April 23, the Manassas Campus celebrated the accomplishment with a ceremony to unveil the plaque. Manassas Provost Roger Ramsammy welcomed everyone and expressed his extreme pleasure with the building. “Parrish Hall and all its amenities transport our campus into a new era of academic endeavors.”

NOVA Vice President Tony Bansal served as master of ceremonies during the event. “Our belief is that anything we do in operations should benefit our students,” Bansal said. “We are working hard toward substantially reducing our carbon footprint in the future.”

President Robert G. Templin Jr. thanked the Manassas Campus for “taking the lead on this very important sustainability drive at NOVA” and then introduced Manassas Mayor Harry J. Parrish II.

“My family and I have been privileged to participate in the groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting for this building and now I’m excited to see how the building has taken on life with everyone working together to educate our young people who will become the leaders of tomorrow,” Parrish said.

Josh Lasky presented the official LEED gold plaque on behalf of the U.S. Green Building Council. Other special guests included NOVA Board member Sheryl Bass, Prince William Chamber of Commerce President Debbie Jones, and Diana Meiser, aide to Prince William County Supervisor Pete Candland. In addition, several people attended from Moseley Architects and HESS Construction, the companies that designed and managed the construction process.

NOVA is a leader in environmentally friendly and energy-efficient construction with several buildings certified LEED silver. All new construction and renovations are planned using appropriate green features and low-impact design. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels. The four levels are certified, silver, gold and platinum.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.