MIAMI-Village of Palmetto Bay’s Coral Reef Park Concessions Project becomes first municipal building in Miami Dade County to receive US Green Building Council LEED® Certification. The project was designed by the award winning architectural firm of M.C. Harry and Associates. The USGBC LEED Plaque was presented to Mayor Flynn and the Council Members at Village Council meeting this week. LEED® is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“While we specialize in the design of highly sustainable and technologically complex projects, projects like the Village of Palmetto Bay’s Coral Reef Park Building are an opportunity to take all the resources of our firm and combine them into projects that touch the day to day lives of our community. We are extremely proud of this project and so pleased to have partnered with the Village of Palmetto Bay in bringing this project to the community” said James Piersol, AIA LEED AP, President of MCHarry Associates.
The Village of Palmetto Bay has made a commitment to promoting green building practices to enhance the Village’s image as a good steward of Village-owned property. The Village, the Architects, Engineers and Contractor all worked collaboratively to achieve this unique recognition.
The Coral Reef Park Concessions Building achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified building save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Nestled in a small grove of trees in Coral Reef Park, the project consists of a 2,400sf building providing a food and beverage concession area and public restrooms accessed from an elevated outdoor seating deck which offers expansive views to the Park’s active playing fields.
LEED certification of the Coral Reef Park Concessions Building was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
- 45% potable water use savings
- 20% of the total building material content was manufactured using recycled materials
- 15% in energy cost savings
- 87% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
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