Pryor and Morrow Architects designed the sorority house.
Starkville, Miss. — The new chapter house for Pi Beta Phi at Mississippi State University in Starkville has become LEED certified, making it the first sorority house in the United States with such distinction. Columbus, Miss.-based Pryor and Morrow Architects designed the chapter house at 110 Robert L. Jones Dr. to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USBC) LEED certified guidelines. The 16,000-square-foot house maximizes open space, uses indigenous landscaping and bicycle storage. Plumbing and air conditioning systems incorporate water-use reduction features, and the use of insulation and window glazing also optimizes energy performance. Specific design elements used in achieving LEED certification are renewable materials and recycled content in finishes, compact fluorescent lighting, and drought tolerant plants, which minimizes water needs and allows lush green landscaping without the need for irrigation.