Broward County Judicial Complex, Midrise Full Building Renovation Project, Achieves Prestigious LEED Gold Certification
The Broward County Judicial Complex midrise building, located at 540 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has achieved LEED Gold Certification for New Construction and Major Renovations as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its environmental performance and sustainable design.
The joint announcement by the Construction Management Division, Public Works Department of Broward County and The Spinnaker Group, the project’s LEED consultant, notes significant sustainable design features of the 64,000 sf project, which forms an integral part of the Complex’s re-development, acting as a critical support facility to the adjacent courthouse and its associated services. The project encompassed the full renovation and interior construction fit-out on four floors of the midrise building.
Sustainable design features of the renovated building design include:
• Use of approximately 40 percent less water than a typical building of its size.
• Use of approximately 15 percent less energy than a typical building of its size.
• Diversion of more than 300 tons — or 97% — of all construction waste from the landfill.
• A comprehensive indoor air quality plan, including use of low VOC construction materials and materials with a high percentage of recycled content; as well as installation of sustainable furniture throughout the facility.
• Implementation of a green cleaning program
• A parking garage that includes preferred parking for 89 energy-efficient vehicles.
“We enjoyed working with the talented professionals from the Construction Management Division, Public Works Department of Broward County,” said Jonathan Burgess, Principal, The Spinnaker Group. “Our integrated team approach significantly reduced the revamped judicial complex’s environmental footprint and achieved noteworthy cost savings on energy and water. Employees and visitors to the beautiful venue will be the most important beneficiaries of the County’s green vision come to fruition.”
Broward County Commissioners have long encouraged investments in renewable energy, sustainable practices and environmental protection. The progressive County passed a green-building resolution in 2008 to make all new building construction LEED-Certified minimum. In 2014, Broward County was recognized for National Excellence in Sustainability when it became the first county government in the United States to achieve a 4-STAR Certified Community Rating. View a list of the County’s green buildings here.
Founded in 2003, the award-winning Spinnaker Group helps facilitate the delivery of the highest quality, sustainable building projects. Using an integrated team approach with a diverse range of clients, the firm has more than 150 LEED Certified projects under its belt and more than 600 million sf of commissioned building space to its credit. In addition to tapping USGBC’s LEED and other ratings systems as anchors of its sustainable consulting, Spinnaker’s team of professional architects and engineers offers project management, energy modeling, fundamental and enhanced building commissioning, Living Building Challenge, SITES, WELL … and more.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. Created by the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, DC, LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. The voluntary, consensus-based rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings is designed to inspire project teams to seek innovative solutions that support public health and our environment, while saving building owners money over a project’s life cycle. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building techniques and the LEED Green Building Rating System.