Location: Coral Gables, FL
Owner: University of Miami
Certification Level: LEED Gold (NC 2.2)
Services: LEED Consulting & Building Commissioning
Architect: Mateu Architects/HKS
Contractor: Arellano Construction
The University of Miami Fieldhouse, a multipurpose facility at the Coral Gables campus, has been honored for its sustainability components. It was awarded the LEED® Gold designation established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“The University is committed to energy conservation and the reduction of energy dependency,” said Eduardo A. Lopez, senior project manager of UM Facilities, Design and Construction Department “The benefits of a LEED certified structure are the lower operation cost resulting from the use of high efficient components and developing the mind set to design and build energy and environmental sustainable structures that reduce energy consumption and dependency.”
The UM Fieldhouse achieved LEED certification specifically for its energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
The UM Fieldhouse, which opened in March 2009, sits adjacent to the Bank United Center at the UM Coral Gables campus. The building is 29,697 square feet and serves dual functions: to house the basketball courts for the University basketball teams and to assist in a variety of University and students events, including commencement ceremonies. Its design and construction is consistent with the University of Miami’s Green U initiative to become more sustainable through the procurement of environmentally responsible products and environmentally sound maintenance and operations procedures for existing and new buildings.