Dallas Hall - Gold

Picture of exterior of Dallas Hall

Dallas Hall is a 57,687 gross square foot facility utilized for by Dedman College as both academic and office space. All freshman pass through Dallas Hall as they begin their college career at SMU. Dallas Hall is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. Dallas Hall turns one hundred years old in 2015. Dallas Hall is located at 3225 University Boulevard on the SMU Campus in Dallas, Texas. LEED Gold certification was scheduled to coincide with Dallas Hall's one hundred year anniversary.

Dallas Hall achieved LEED EB: O+M Gold LEED under LEED EB: O+M Version 3 with 63 points.

Sustainability features include:

  • Multiple bus lines located within a quarter mile walking distance provides optimal access to the City bus network and promotes alternative transportation.
  • An ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit to pinpoint energy saving strategies and cost reductions as well as long term capital improvements while providing greater occupant comfort levels.
  • Installation of a water meter to measure water performance and consumption patterns. The water meter will assist in the identification of opportunities for additional water savings.
  • Reflective pavement to reduce the heat island, minimize negative impacts on microclimates, reduce heat gain on the building, and improve human comfort.
  • Native and adaptive planting species well-suited for the local climate requiring minimal irrigation, fertilization, and maintenance.
  • All main lobbies have walk off mats to help reduce outdoor contaminants from being introduced into the building. This will assist indoor air quality.
  • Sustainable purchasing resulting in 87% sustainable purchases related to electronics and 100% of all furniture purchases.
  • All buildings on the SMU campus are non-smoking. Designated smoking areas at least 25’ from buildings are provided throughout the campus.
  • An Integrated Pest Management Program, recycling of landscape waste, and minimization of fertilizer use.
  • Installation of MERV 13 HVAC heavy filtration media to capture a wide variety of particles, including lint, dirt, carpet fibers, dust, dust mites, mold bacteria, pollen, and animal dander.
  • 100% energy usage from renewable energy sources purchased with Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).
  • Voluntary submission reporting of emissions to a third-party to aid in the collection of data to develop benchmarks and establish goals for reducing emissions from energy use.
  • Water usage reduction of 33% with installation of water efficient toilets and low flow faucets.
  • A high performance green cleaning policy to help reduce exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminants.

Project Team

Architect: Shepley, Rutan, & Coolidge Architects
LEED Consultant: The Beck Group