May 24, 2011    #117
Contact: John Austin
(816) 235-5251

UMKC Student Union receives Gold LEED Certification

Project reflects UMKC's ongoing commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly construction

KANSAS CITY, MO -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is pleased to announce that the UMKC Student Union has officially been certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] Gold project. The new building, which opened in August 2010 and has received several architectural and environmental awards, features public transportation access, storm water control, natural lighting, skylights, high ceilings, a central stairway and a 6,300-square-foot multi-purpose area that is divisible into four rooms.

Other features of the Student Union include:

  • A food court with four dining venues chosen by students -- Chick-fil-A Express, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, SubConnection and Jazzman's Cafe & Bakery with a performance stage area
  • A two-story bookstore
  • 10,000 square-feet of space dedicated to student organizations
  • 329-seat theater
  • Open three-story skylit central stairway

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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