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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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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!

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook

Director of Communications | City of Lakeland

228 S. Massachusetts Ave.  Lakeland, FL 33801

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

Twitter @lakelandgov

DOWNTOWN LAKELAND FIRST FRIDAY EVENT

CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK 

LAKELAND, FL (April 29, 2013) - The City of Lakeland’s Public Works Department will be celebrating the American Public Works Association national Public Works Week (NPWW) from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on Friday, May 3, 2013, along with Downtown Lakeland’s First Friday event. During this event shops and restaurants will stay open with music and entertainment along the streets including a classic car show.

 

The NPWW celebration will be In Munn Park featuring displays from each of our Public Works divisions.  Some of the feature displays include: heavy duty equipment, Lakes & Stormwater awareness campaigns, pedestrian & bicycle safety, recycling materials and much more! Along with these events, there will be children’s activities, give-a-ways and fun for the whole family!

 

Everyone is invited to the Downtown Lakeland First Friday and the celebration of National Public Works Week. Parking is free beginning at 5:00pm the evening of the event in the Main Street parking garage. Additional free parking is also available in the Bay StreetLot, the Oak Street Park & ride and old fire station lot located at 400 E. Main St.

 

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Starting April 29th Common Ground Park will be closed for approximately three weeks while a new artificial playground surface is installed. Common Ground Playground opened in February 2009. The playground surface in the park is artificial turf specifically manufactured for playgrounds by ForeverLawn.

The play surface at Common Ground has failed after four (4) years into the eight (8) year limited warranty provided by ForeverLawn.  ForeverLawn has determined that the failure is not due to excessive wear and tear, misuse or abuse of the turf. They feel that the fiber deterioration is uncharacteristic of their product and unique to our site, leading them to believe that there was a production problem with the particular run of turf received. Therefore they have agreed to warranty the entire ½ acre of artificial playground surface in the park.

The original cost of the material and installation of the artificial playground grass was $224,425. ForeverLawn has agreed to replace the turf product at a cost to the City of $22,000. They will remove and install the new turf for an additional cost of $25,000. Staff has recommended a product upgrade to a more durable material at an additional cost of $13,200. The upgrade is treated with antistatic technology and antimicrobial protection which was not available when the original product was obtained. The upgrade also has a secondary layer of heat set textured nylon monofilament which provides a higher yarn count and additional face weight that should make the product more durable.

The limited warranty for the replacement turf is six (6) years from the date of installation. Turf replacement funds were obtained from the Common Ground Endowment Fund that is held at the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland.  Signs have been posted at the park announcing the closure.  For more information regarding City of Lakeland Parks go to www.lakelandgov.net.