LEED Platinum

The Gorecki Alumni Center is a shining example of energy efficiency, sustainability, and green practices and has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

The building is the first in North Dakota and the first university alumni center in the country to be constructed under the strictest green guidelines established by the U.S. Green Building Council. It now ranks in the top 3 percent of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the country. The Gorecki Center was built to the exacting standards of LEED Platinum, but it took a year for those efforts to be certified as successful.

The original plan for the building was to seek a LEED Silver designation, but with the decision to push for Platinum certification, another $1.5 million was required to meet the additional cost of planning, building and furnishing the building. That amount was donated by UND alum, the late Glen Gransberg, '59, and his wife, Janice, of Grand Forks, who have a strong interest in environmental awareness and stewardship of our planet’s precious resources. 

The project team’s work fulfilled Glen Gransberg's desires and will remain a part of his legacy at UND forever. 

The Gransbergs have also made arrangements for the funding of the Gransberg Family Endowment to enhance the Environmental Studies Program at UND. The main event space within the Gorecki Alumni Center, the Gransberg Community Room, features floor-to-ceiling windows as an homage to the environment and natural light.