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St. Paul’s new Fisher Hall awarded LEED Gold certification (access required)

Fisher Hall, the new library and student commons building at St. Paul’s School, has been awarded  LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, one of fewer than 5,000 buildings in the world to receive the status. Fisher Hall has a photovoltaic rooftop and a geothermal heating and cooling system, an HVAC system that has a 29 percent reduction in energy costs from the industry baseline and a vegetative roof, among other green features. The building’s systems will become teaching tools: They will be monitored by and added to curriculum for students at the private, independent school in Brooklandville. The building was named for former St. Paul’s Trustee David W. Fisher, who died on July 31. Fisher was co-chair of a $25 million capital campaign at the school. A plaque detailing the LEED certification was unveiled last Saturday following a memorial service at the St. Paul’s chapel. “Dave Fisher was a champion for environmental causes and a champion of this school,” said St. Paul’s Headmaster Thomas J. Reid, in a statement. “The building will stand as a lasting legacy to Dave, and help ensure that generations of students truly understand how we impact our environment.” ***** Get ready for some new BBQ – with a cause. This week, Mission BBQ will open at 7748 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.