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On July 24, 2009, Governor Quinn signed into law HB 1013, requiring all new state-funded building construction and major renovation of existing state-owned facilities to seek LEED or equivalent certification. New buildings and major renovations of 10,000 sq ft or more must achieve at minimum LEED Silver or equivalent certification. New buildings and major renovations under 10,000 sq ft must strive to meet the highest standard of the LEED rating system or equivalent but are not required to achieve certification.

Since HB 1013 was signed, new construction and renovations on NIU property have met LEED standards without being LEED certified. The Stevens Building renovation and rebuild is planned to be the first LEED certified building on campus.

The 2014 construction map shows several campus improvements. Zoom in to see more details.