Miami, FL – Palm Court, a major component of the Miami Design District, Miami’s first LEED for Neighborhood Development project, has just achieved LEED Gold for Core + Shell. As Sustainability Consultants, The Spinnaker Group provided LEED Consulting, Building Commissioning and Energy Modeling for Palm Court. Spinnaker is also the LEED Consultant for the entire Miami Design District, LEED ND project. Palm Courty is nestled in the heart of the District, with NE 1st and 2nd Avenues to the east and west and NE 38th and 39th Streets to the north and south, this dynamic city block is home to a plethora of sights, sounds, amenities and beautiful gardens that will make you not only want to shop here but play here as well. On display at the center of the Court is a beautiful replica of R. Buckminster Fuller’s futuristic Fly’s Eye Dome and a sculpture of Le Corbusier. Hidden below these beautiful art installations is a vast sea of parking. The parking decks were strategically placed below surface level to keep the District walkable and to preserve the human scale. Adorned with towering palm trees, beautiful modern architecture designed by SB Architects, energy efficient glass and state of the art lighting, it is also LEED Gold Certified and highly sustainable. Palm Court achieved 62 LEED points out of a possible 110. Due to the location and nature of the project itself, Palm Court received Exemplary Performance for Heat Island Effect, Non-Roof, Alternative Transportation and Maximized Open Space. As seen in the aerial picture, roof-top gardens will be found all over the District, which are not only eye-catching but also help to mitigate the urban heat island effect, which is a major concern in a sub-tropical climate city, like Miami. Palm Court has also implemented Tenant Design & Construction Guidelines to ensure its high-end, luxury retailers are also building as sustainably as the rest of the District. The Project also scored many points for Recycled Content, Water Use Reduction, Optimized Energy Performance and Regional Materials. The construction and revitalization of Palm Court is one of the first steps in revitalizing this entire Neighborhood that is bringing new vibrancy to a once derelict and blighted area.