UPA architects just unveiled a sophisticated and sustainable design scheme for Iraq's new Al Qassim Green University, which will be the country's first LEED Gold certified building. In order to enhance the country's university system, the country's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research requested a design proposal from Abu Dhabi-based UPA as well as various international consultants specializing in campus design. After much consideration, UPA's design was selected and the team has been appointed to begin work on the ambitious masterplan's architectural and engineering features.
UPA’s design will potentially see the university as the first LEED certified building in the country. Once the campus is registered in the local Green Building Counsel (GBC), it can be classified according to LEED standards. Specifically, within the structure of the campus building plan, the Presidency Building is projected to achieve LEED Gold.
The newly established Al Qassim Green University will be one of a kind in Iraq as its curriculum will be based on green technology education. The final plan will include ample student housing and staff accommodation as well as sports facilities, a spacious auditorium, library, entertainment center and power building.
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