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CITY OF LAKELAND SOLID WASTE BUILDING FIRST LEED CERTIFIED BUILDING IN CITY LIMITS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook

Director of Communications

City of Lakeland

863/934-6264

Twitter @lakelandgov

 

 

CITY OF LAKELAND SOLID WASTE BUILDING

FIRST LEED CERTIFIED BUILDING IN CITY LIMITS

 

LAKELAND, FL (May 13, 2013) – Celebration of the City of Lakeland’s first LEED Certified building will take place at the Solid Waste Office Building on June 7th at 10 a.m.   The Solid Waste Office Building, located at 605 Evelyn Avenue was LEED Certified by the US Green Building Council with a Gold rating based on sustainability, water efficiency, energy efficiency, green materials and innovation in design.  The Solid Waste building received a Gold standard, one of the highest ratings. 

 

The building was the former Lakeland Community Credit Union which the City acquired in 2003.  The project included renovation and new construction completed August 2012.  The City contracted with Swilley Curtis Mundy Honeycutt Architects and the project was completed by Rodda Construction.

 

Rick Lilyquist, Director of Public Works said, “There are a number of reasons to build green – minimizing the impact to the environment being one.”  He added, “Reduced energy and water consumption is a huge driving factor that ultimately leads to lower operating costs. Also, the bright open design along with enhanced indoor environmental quality helps to promote increased worker productivity.”

 

Design highlights include a solar reflectant roof, the use of skylights for natural light, low impact building materials used to enhance in air quality and water reduction measures that equate to a 42% water savings.  Recycled materials were used totaling over 24% of materials cost and the building was designed to optimize energy performance saving 23% compared to baseline building performance.

 

The celebration will include a tour of the facility highlighting design and construction techniques that factored into the Gold certification and there will be a plaque unveiling that officially certifies the facility as a LEED building by the US Green Building Council. For more information regarding the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net. Face Book users can stay connected by completing a quick search that includes the City of Lakeland.  Twitter users can choose to receive instant updates during important meetings or events by following the City @ lakelandgov.  

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Mornings with the Mayor - June 5th

Mayor Gow Fields invites local residents to attend the next Mornings with the Mayor event that will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5th at Fred’s Market located at 2120 Harden Boulevard in Lakeland.

 

Citizens that attend these breakfast sessions get to hear from the Mayor about key issues and initiatives taking place within the City.  Mayor Fields also invites questions from the audience and he will share updates on related City projects during the informal session.  This is a chance for residents to converse directly with Mayor Fields on a topics of interest or concern. 

 

Mayor Fields said, “Accessibility is one of the keys to local government and Mornings with the Mayor provides the opportunity for our citizens to share their views, ask questions and provide feedback on issues that are directly affecting them.” He added, “I look forward to spending valuable face to face time with our residents listening to their concerns so I can found out how we can better meet the needs of our residents.”

 

Those attending will have to pay for their own breakfast.  Fred’s Market serves a reasonably priced breakfast buffet and patrons can order off the menu. The premise behind the Mornings with the Mayor program is to make elected officials more accessible to residents in the community and to promote one-on-one communications.

 

This program allows residents an informal and comfortable forum in which to meet with the Mayor to talk about issues, ask questions, voice concerns and offer comments or suggestions.  Mayor Fields said, “It’s also an excellent way for us to gather candid feedback about how people feel things are going in our City; what amenities they particularly enjoy, areas they feel could use improvement, or what they’d like to see in the future.” We hope to see you at Fred’s Market on Wednesday, June 5th.


LAKELAND SKATEPARK GRAND OPENING

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LAKELAND SKATEPARK GRAND OPENING

 

WHO:   Skateboarders, City Commission, City Administration & Citizens – BRING YOUR BOARDS!

 

WHAT: Lakeland Skatepark Grand Opening Celebration

 

WHEN:   Saturday, May 18th 10 a.m.

 

WHERE:  Lakeland Skatepark located at Lake Bonny Park (800 US 98 South).

 

LAKELAND, FL (May 14, 2013) – The newly built Lakeland Skatepark located at Lake Bonny Park, 800 US 98 south will officially open on Saturday, May 18th at 10 a.m. with a grand opening ceremony that will include music, demonstrations and plenty of time for skaters to get familiar with the design elements of the park.

 

The park was built by world renowned Team Pain who specializes in custom concrete skate park facilities.  Team Pain has over 30 years experience with professional riders and they are known for their challenging “first-ever” structures that push the limits.  The company has been providing design and construction experience to municipalities around the globe in concrete park facilities since 1997.

 

The park was designed with the input from local skaters who attended a series of workshops during the planning phase of the park.  A number of skaters and City of Lakeland staff also visited a number of skate parks in the Central Florida area to look at designs and get direct feedback from skaters on what elements they liked about certain parks.

 

The park features a deep bowl, flow course, snake run and a freestyle/street course.  For more information, contact Pam Page, 863/834-6088 or Kevin Cook, 863/834-6264.  See you on Saturday!

 


HORTICULTURE AT HOLLIS GARDEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

kevincook

Director of Communications | City of Lakeland

228 S. Massachusetts Ave.  Lakeland, FL 33801

863/834-6264 (PH) | www.lakelandgov.net

Twitter @lakelandgov

 

 

HORTICULTURE AT HOLLIS GARDEN

 

LAKELAND, FL (May 8, 2013) - On Saturday, May 11th Hollis Garden will feature a series of horticulture lectures and presentations from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The day will include informative, hands-on tutorials on gardening, landscaping, orchid care and proper bonsai techniques. Hollis Garden is located at 702 Eat Orange Street,  Lakeland, FL 33801

 

Horticulturist, John King will conduct two presentations:

·         Vegetable Gardening in Florida at  11:00 a.m.

·         Designing the Edible Landscape at 4:00 p.m.

 

The Ridge Orchid Society will conduct presentations on: Repotting Orchids, Orchid Pests and Diseases & General Maintenance.  Zeke Wendtz with the Orchid Society will give the presentations at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. They will also have Membership information for The Ridge Orchid Society available.

 

The Bonsai Club will be doing demos all day and Terry Adkins will give a presentation at 1:00 p.m. Membership information for The Bonsai Club will be available for those that are interested. Carolyn Wilson with the Greater Lakeland Garden Club will be giving a presentation at 3:00 p.m.

 

Edward Murawski with The Native Plant Society will do a presentation on Native Plants and Their Use in the Landscape and there will be general information available for those interested in native plants.

 

Presentation Schedule

   

    11:00-11:45:  John King; Vegetable Gardening in Florida

   

    12:00-12:35:  Zeke Wendtz; The Ridge Orchid Society

   

    1:00-1:40:      Terry Adkins; The Bonsai Club

   

    2:00-2:35:      Zeke Wendtz; The Ridge Orchid Society

   

    3:00-3:45:      Carolyn Wilson; Greater Lakeland Garden Club

  

    4:00-4:45:      John King; Designing the Edible Landscape

  

    5:00-5:45:      Edward Murawski; The Native Plant Society  

   

    6:00-6:45:      Zeke Wendtz; The Ridge Orchid Society

  

*ALL presentations will be held in front of the Koi Pond at Hollis Garden*

 

Hollis Garden is a formal 1.2 acre botanical garden donated to the City of Lakeland by the Hollis Family. The garden is located on historic Lake Mirror accessible from the Frances Langford Promenade and Orange Street. The garden contains several water features and displays thousands of flowering plants, ornamental shrubs, historic trees, herbs and vegetables. The beautiful layout of Hollis Gardens is set in a neo-classical architectural environment complete with patterned flower beds, public art and ornamental fountains.  For more information on Hollis Gardens, please visit www.lakelandgov.net and click on the Parks and Recreation navigation.

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