The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Benedictine Women of Madison’s Holy Wisdom Monastery a Platinum rating – the highest level of LEED certification available. The monastery earned 63 out of a possible 69 points under LEED-NC version 2.2, the most of any certified building in the U. S. to date.

Located in Middleton, Wis., the monastery is a 30,000-sq-ft, two-story structure with a detached, 4,000-sq-ft remodeled maintenance building on 130 acres overlooking Lake Mendota. Partnering with Hoffman LLC, a Wisconsin-based planning, design and construction management firm, the Sisters spent two years exploring and defining their vision for the monastery.