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American River Courtyard
American River Courtyard
Sacramento State’s newest residence hall won the New Public Project for 2009 award sponsored by the Sacramento Business Journal.

The American River Courtyard was one of 15 finalists out of 40 nominated projects. The facility opened in August for campus residence.

Each year, the Business Journal presents an award for the best real estate projects. Projects were divided into five categories and winners were chosen in each division.

ARC was submitted by Brown Construction, one of the contractors involved in the residence hall construction.

Judges said they were impressed that student feedback influenced the Courtyard’s design, and also its energy efficiency.

“It was important to the University and residents to have a hall that reduces our ecological footprint,” says Michael Speros, director for Housing and Residential Life. “This building met all the markers the committee set to be environmentally friendly.”

ARC is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified building on campus. LEED is a ratings system developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.  A “green” building reduces negative environmental impacts, and improves occupant health and well-being.

“We feel honored by this achievement,” says Angela Murdoch, development support in Housing and Residential Life. “We were in the same category with some other amazing projects.”

For more information or media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.






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