The research building at 10 Amistad Street in New Haven has been awarded the LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Completed in 2007, the building houses the School of Medicine’s program in Vascular Biology and Therapeutics, the Yale Stem Cell Center and the Human and Translational Immunology program.

“Right from the outset the team was charged with incorporating green attributes in alignment with Yale’s sustainability strategy, which includes striving for outstanding environmental performance in the design, renovation and construction of its facilities,” says Virginia Chapman, the medical school’s director of construction and renovation.

The 120,000-square-foot building has many green attributes, ranging from its accessibility to transportation and the materials used in its construction, to its waste management and energy conservation systems.

Many of the materials used in the building’s construction were produced locally and selected for their high recycled content, and recycling of debris reduced the amount of construction waste by 70 percent. A lab waste recycling program has also been incorporated.