FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
City of Lakeland
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.