Garden Lounge Building Achieves LEED Gold For Gold Star Tenant Hermes
Miami Design District Adds LEED Gold Garden Lounge Building To Shopping Repertoire
Hermes is trading up, moving from the established Bal Harbour Shops to the newly re-designed LEED ND Miami Design District. The recently LEED certified Design District is an 18-square-block area being re-vamped with sustainable features such as green roofs, large shade trees and pedestrian connectivity. The Garden Lounge building is a 10,000 square foot two-story retail building with a green roof. A garden lounge pocket-park type of space was originally located on the site between two historic buildings. The concept was essentially to raise that garden lounge up two stories and to provide 2 stories of street-level retail below it.
The move gives Hermes the opportunity to open a 10,000-square-foot two-level flagship, more than double the size of its prior leased space, featuring women’s ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, swim wear, handbags, menswear collection, shoes, accessories and furniture. The official opening date for Hermes was February 23, 2013.
The project’s design team set out to achieve the following sustainability goals for the project:
1) Provide pedestrian scale street-facing retail with appropriate building-height to street-width ratio (to be consistent with LEED for Neighborhood Development objectives).
2) Create an intensive rooftop outdoor garden space complete with canopy streets to reduce the area’s Heat Island Affect.
3) Provide a high performance core and shell space along with Tenant Guidelines to encourage future retail tenants to source water-efficient plumbing fixtures and material finishes that are high in recycled content, locally available and harvested or manufactured in a sustainable manner.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building program. It provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED addresses the entire lifecycle of a building.
The Spinnaker Group Inc., a South Florida based green building design and engineering firm, is comprised of a team of architects and engineers that have extensive knowledge and experience in the application of the USGBC LEED rating systems. For more information, visit www.thespinnakergroupinc.com.