Green Building Standards

WREC Receives Gold Rating for Green Building Standards
Brochure Outlining Green Practices at the WREC

August 9, 2010

California State University, Chico’s Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) has received a LEED Gold rating from the Green Building Certification Institute for the facility’s sustainable and environmentally-conscious features.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, provides a standard of measurement and a framework for assessing green buildings in areas such as energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Among the features that helped the WREC achieve LEED Gold status were control of pollutants during construction, the use of natural light in the building and the installation of low-flow shower heads in the locker rooms.

WREC Director Rick Scott said the rating was expected, but still very important to receive. “It demonstrates our commitment to sustainability,” he said. “People here are very excited to hear this news.”

Scott said there are not many university recreation centers with LEED Gold ratings. “We’ve had people from other campuses tour the WREC to see the facility, and they’re amazed at what we have to offer,” he said.

In June, the WREC retrofitted 25 of its 29 elliptical exercise machines so that users can generate electricity while they work out.

Other resource and energy saving features in the WREC include waterless urinals and a solar pool heater. Scott said the pool heater alone will save the WREC $80,000 to $90,000 a year in energy costs.

CSU, Chico students approved a fee supporting the WREC in a special election in 2005, and the facility opened in August 2009.


WREC Hours of Operation…

Thanksgiving Break – Nov. 20-25
WREC & Pool:
Mon.-Wed.: 10am-7pm
Thur.-Sat.: CLOSED

Climbing Gym:
Mon.-Wed.: 1pm-7pm
Thur.-Sat.: CLOSED

REGULAR SEMESTER HOURS

WREC & Pool:
Monday – Wednesday: 6am – Midnight
Thursday: 6am – 11pm
Friday: 6am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 9pm

Climbing Gym:
Monday – Friday: NOON – 10pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 3pm – 9pm

AO Equipment Room
Monday: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday: 1pm – 6pm
Wednesday: 1pm – 5pm
Thursday & Friday: 1pm – 6pm

Contact Us…

Phone: (530) 898-4444
Email: wrecinfo@csuchico.edu

WREC LOCATION:
Between 1st & 2nd on Cherry St.
CSU, Chico • Chico, CA 95929

MAILING ADDRESS:
Associated Students | WREC
California State University, Chico
P.O. Box 7570
Chico, CA 95927-7570

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Associated Students | CSU, Chico | P.O. Box 7570 | Chico, CA 95927-7570