The University of Virginia is giving one of its older buildings an environmentally friendly face lift.
Pavilion IX is being renovated to meet LEED standards for green construction. It is the first Thomas Jefferson-era building to be revamped in this environmental way. The university is installing new wiring, plumbing and energy efficient appliances as well as putting a fresh coat of more organic paint on the walls.
"We try to do is try to preserve as much of the historic fabric as possible while still bringing these buildings into the 21st century," said UVA Project Coordinator James Zehmer.
Any major construction projects at UVA are now required to be LEED certified.
The project coordinator says keeping the historical elements intact has been the biggest challenge.