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tempe-transportation-center.jpgThe Tempe Transportation Center is approaching completion and will be seeking platinum certification, the highest level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), from the U.S. Green Building Council for adhering to high performance building standards.

The 40,000 sq ft, 3-story building will serve as a multi-purpose transportation facility and will include: a plaza for riders of the Metro Light Rail system; one of the largest bicycle stations in the country; retail space; and offices. Eco-friendly characteristics of the center include a green roof (see my earlier post here) that will help insulate the building, a gray-water reclamation system, operable windows, daylighting strategies, a panel-shade system, dual-flush toilets, and recycled materials.

The transit center will be featured on a “Green Scene Bus Tour“, as part of Valley Forward’s Livability Summit scheduled for Earth Day, April 22nd. Another stop in town will be the Papago Gateway Center (a 265,000 sq ft office and research building seeking a silver LEED designation), then it’s off to nearby Scottsdale to see the Granite Reef Senior Center, a LEED gold certified facility.

Source:  The Arizona Republic 

Tag(s): Earth Day, Events, Green Building


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