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Five Projects in U.S., Canada Strike LEED Gold

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Cadet Residence Hall, a vast mixed-use project on a former Canadian Forces Base, a key facility in a Savannah business park, a Rockwell Collins building and a clubhouse and pro shop at a Vail resort are among the projects to attain LEED Gold status recently.

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy was among the first in the past week to celebrate the designation from the U.S. Green Building Council for achieving high marks based on the council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. The assessment system of the council, based in Washington, D.C., awards ratings at four levels: LEED certification, LEED Silver, LEED Gold and LEED Platinum, the highest rank.

The Academy's cadet residence hall, located on the Cape Cod Canal with panoramic views of Buzzards Bay, supplies its energy needs with three on-site green sources: a 242-foot-high wind turbine, a rooftop photovoltaic array that was installed with help from a Massachusetts Technology Collaborative grant and powers a high-efficiency lighting system, and natural gas-powered cogeneration turbines that warm the complex, heat hot water and convert waste to additional electricity. The project to expand the existing residence hall was completed in spring 2007 at a cost of $3.5 million for upgrades and $13 million for a two-story addition.

The hall is the first campus structure of its kind to receive LEED Gold status in the state. It is one of two projects built by Erland Construction of Bourne, Mass., to be featured in a walking tour next month when the U.S. Green Building Council brings its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo to Boston.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's New England Regional Laboratory, also an Erland project, is the other site on the tour. The lab received its LEED Gold rating in 2003, making it the first national laboratory in the country to attain LEED certification.

Former Canadian Forces Base Goes Green

In Calgary yesterday, the Canada Lands Company announced that the roughly 200-acre Currie Barracks, the last and largest swath of the Canadian Forces Base decommissioned 10 years ago, was awarded LEED Gold status for its neighborhood development plans.

The plan to build 3,200 housing units, 300,000 square feet of commercial and office

space and 225,000 square feet of retail space comprises one of the largest inner city redevelopment projects in North America.

Canada Lands, a federal Crown corporation charged with the strategic development of government property, has already created two other award-winning communities at the former base: Garrison Woods and Garrison Green.

First Phase of Savannah Business Park Exceeds Expectations

The San Francisco-based firm AMB Property Corporation announced last Wednesday that a 346,000-square-foot facility in Savannah, Ga., landed LEED Gold Core & Shell(R) certification. The project, called the AMB Morgan Business Center - Building 100, is part of a business park development that is expected to encompass more than 3 million square feet of distribution space by the time the project is complete.

Building 100 is the largest investor-owned industrial development of its kind in North America to achieve gold-level certification, said AMB, which specializes in infill industrial redevelopment and retrofitting on a large scale. The company had been striving for LEED Silver certification and exceeded its goals in several aspects to obtain the higher rating.

The firm has leased more than 150,000 square feet in Building 100 to Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of children's products.

Rockwell Collins Rakes in LEED Points for Recycling

Use of recycled materials and green waste management helped Rockwell Collins, a leading smart communications and aviation electronics firm, earn a LEED Gold rating for a new office building at its campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The structure is built with pre-engineered steel made from 68 percent recycled content. During the construction project, 99 percent of the project waste was recycled.

Other green elements in the building include carbon dioxide-triggered indoor air quality sensors, a 40 percent reduction in water use and heat harvesting using heated lab air for exterior window conditioning. Outside, the designer left at least 35 percent of green space was for placement of 100 native trees and shrubs.   

Pro Shop Sinks Hole in One for Interior Design

In Colorado, the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Clubhouse and Pro Shop, owned and operated by Vail Resorts Development Corporation scored LEED Gold for the Slifer Designs hospitality interior design team, which announced the completion of its project this week.

Choice of furniture and the materials used to craft it played big roles in the certification of the design team's project at the gold level. Furniture was made using eco-friendly methods and materials that included formaldehyde-free foam, water-based finishes, low voltaic organic compound emissions, wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and wood recovered from wind or storm damaged trees.

Other materials chosen for the site include stones and wood acquired within a 500-mile radius of the property, EcoSolution 100 percent nylon carpet with low-emitting adhesives, low VOC paint and recycled plumbing. Waterless and low-flow plumbing fixtures also were used.

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