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Plath Hall at Perry Tech certified as green building by national organization

YAKIMA, Wash.--Perry Tech is being recognized by a national organization for having a certified green building on campus.

"We all love it and think it's pretty cool. It's all state of the art and nice and clean and stuff," said instrumentation student Ryane Holmes.

Holmes calls it a privilege to be an instrumentation student at Perry Tech.

Much of her classwork is done at Plath Hall, which has recently been awarded LEED Silver Certification.

"You're going to be in a school that it's going to be around for a while and that it's going to kind of take care of itself," Holmes said.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a national recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council for excellence in energy efficiency and sustainability.

Plath Hall is just over a year old, but being certified green was in the plans well before doors opened.

"From the electrical design to the HVAC systems that were installed to the solar ray system on the roof of Plath Hall was all part us receiving the LEED Silver designation," said Director of Facilities and Safety Kaila Lockbeam.

Being certified also plays a role in the curriculum.

Department heads say students work and train on everything from power consumption to how buildings stay energy efficient, the same measures their own facility is rated on.

"This is the beginning stages for them so that they can learn about LEED and that makes them more valuable when they go to work with their employers so they're versed in the subject," said Instrumentation department head Tony Nirk.

Having hands on experience that benefits future grads heading into the work force and future students looking similar opportunities inside Plath Hall.

"They'll be able to help us keep the facility running in tip top shape for years to come," Lockbeam said.

Perry Tech is having an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. but you have to register to attend.

To register for the event, click here.

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