Linda Smithe, RA, CSI , CDT, LEEDAP BD&C
The Environmental Services Laboratory, SFWMD, consists of a new construction two story office and laboratory building totaling 34,778 square feet on a 1 acre site. The objective was to obtain LEED Silver Certification by addressing site issues, utilizing recycling materials, water efficiency, lighting and HVAC efficiency, and considerations of indoor and environmental quality, solar thermal water heating, among other items. During the process the Project team was encouraged to strive for a higher Level of Certification. On July 5, 2012 the Environmental Services Laboratory, SFWMD, was awarded USGBC LEED Gold Certification.
The Environmental Services Laboratory, SFWMD, will serve as an example for the community as well as the staff. The cistern is a focal point of the project and emphasizes the importance of water to the South Florida Water Management District and to the community at large.
The Environmental Services Laboratory, SFWMD, LEED Certification because they understand the benefits of green buildings. Environmental Services Laboratory, SFWMD reasons for adopting green design principles are best summarized in the following principles for sustainability:
- Provides a healthy indoor environment, which is associated with the health and well being of their staff and increased productivity
- Helps meet SFWMD fiscal responsibility by contributing significant savings in both energy and water usage.
- Encourages other office buildings and laboratories in Palm Beach County to “go green”.
Owner: South Florida Water Management District
Size: 34,778 square feet
LEED NC V2
LEED Certified: Gold: 2012
Architect: ACAI Assoc., Inc.
Contractor: Suffolk Construction, Co.
LEED Consultant: The Spinnaker Group
Commissioning: The Spinnaker Group