For Immediate Release:
Fort Lauderdale, FL – The City of Fort Lauderdale is pleased to announce that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) was recently named the Most Outstanding LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) New Construction Project – Public from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Region at the 7th Annual GalaVerde awards celebration.
“The City of Fort Lauderdale is honored to receive the 2016 GalaVerde Award for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport,” said Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler. “The award is a reflection of our citywide Vision to build a sustainable and resilient community, as well as our commitment to reducing energy consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020. We congratulate and thank U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Executive Airport, our staff, and the project consultants for their collaboration, cooperation, and commitment to preserving and protecting our environment through this outstanding project.”
The GalaVerde LEEDership and Green Awards are given annually by the USGBC South Florida Region to recognize and honor outstanding projects and individuals that are LEEDing the way to a more sustainable built environment in the south Florida. The Customs facility, which achieved LEED Silver Building Design and Construction certification in September 2015, was selected for the award based on the holistic approach of integrating sustainable building practices and principles into the design, construction, and operation of the project, as well as developing innovative solutions to regional challenges.
Through an integrated design process, the 7,900 square-foot facility was constructed with longevity and sustainability in mind to reduce maintenance and energy use and increase its overall life cycle. The building design incorporates many LEED design features, including:
• Energy efficient features that generate a 17.1 percent energy savings; which include LED lighting, use of natural daylight, and a high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system;
• Water saving features, including low-flow, high-efficiency fixtures and faucets with low-flow and automatic sensors;
• Stormwater features that reduce impervious areas by 37 percent, including a cistern that collects roof rainwater for irrigation reuse and Florida-friendly landscaping;
• Solar reflective features, including roofing materials that increase the roof’s solar reflectivity to 90 percent; and
• A Green Housekeeping Program with a database of sustainable materials and supplies suitable for use.
In addition, 49 percent of the construction materials used were locally sourced within 500 miles of the project, and 81 percent of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill through waste recycling, exceeding the initial project goal of 75 percent.
“The FXE U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility exceeded initial design expectations and is truly leading the way in sustainability for government and public projects in south Florida,” said Brittany Storm, LEED Project Manager, The Spinnaker Group.
The new $5.7 million complex, primarily funded through a $4.9 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, significantly enhances airport operations, optimizes speed and efficiency, and dramatically improves service delivery, all of which greatly benefits FXE’s corporate and recreational travelers.
The City of Fort Lauderdale, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, worked closely with project consultants ACAI Associates, Inc., DeRose Design Consultants, Inc., Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., The Spinnaker Group, and the contractor Pirtle Construction, to create this award-winning LEED facility, which is the second LEED-certified facility at FXE. In June 2011, the Aviation Equipment and Maintenance Facility earned a LEED Gold certification.
LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Created and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. To receive LEED Certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art “green” strategies in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building techniques and the LEED Green Building Rating System.
Monique J. Damiano
City of Fort Lauderdale, Public Information Specialist
(954) 828-5942 / email@example.com
Rob Hink, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, EBO+M, ND
Principal & Senior Vice President, The Spinnaker Group
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