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USGBC Florida University Series: LEED tour at UMiami’s First School of Music and Lakeside Student Village

October 10

4:30 pm - 7:45 pm


USGBC Florida proudly presents a three-part tour series that delves into the sustainability innovations shaping the future of education. Discover how the University of Miami, University of South Florida and the University of Florida are leading the way in environmental stewardship, energy efficiency, and green building practices.


The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive and relevant in all of higher education. The new complex inaugurated last year was made possible by the generosity of the school’s naming benefactors Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost.

Designed by award-winning architects Yann Weymouth and HOK, and constructed by Skanska USA, the new facility boasts two buildings with 41,089 square feet of upscale teaching spaces and beautiful curb appeal. Located on UM’s Coral Gables campus at 5501 San Amaro Drive at Miller Drive, the Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios with triangle-shaped energy efficient windows is the first LEED Platinum certified building project in the City of Coral Gables.

Learn more about Frost School of Music.

The 12-acre, LEED Gold housing project is comprised of 25 interconnected buildings that are uniquely snaked around courtyards, outdoor terraces, retail, and study spaces, and provides five floors of modern residential living for students—primarily sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The development also includes a large exhibition space, an auditorium, a classroom, and a multiuse pavilion.

Lakeside Village’s award-winning architecture skillfully crafted by Arquitectonica includes innovative features and solutions to sea level rise and climate change. Its sloped rooftop green spaces help to slow water runoff, provide food for pollinator species of animals, and naturally insulate the buildings within the village. Additionally, it has innovative heating and cooling systems that condition and filter the air as well as reuse it for sustainable initiatives that support the campus community and beyond. Throughout the housing complex, state-of-the art occupancy sensors and smart thermostats were placed in each suite, providing about 28.5 percent in energy savings, compared to similar buildings.

The project also focused on fostering native ecosystems and plant species that are drought resistant while also attracting biodiversity. This will help to encourage a significant resurgence of butterflies in the area. The village also includes a rain garden.

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October 10
4:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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