Levi’s Stadium Scores LEED Gold

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/30/2014)
The 49ers’ new 69,000-seat home turf is now the first professional football stadium to be LEED Gold certified. Levi’s Stadium announced last week it achieved the rating thanks to its green efforts, which include almost 1,200 solar panels, a 27,000-square-foot green roof, convenient bicycle parking, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, recycled materials and an extremely sophisticated building control system.

Hanover Park Police Headquarters Receives AIA Award

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/30/2014)
The Hanover Park police headquarters in Hanover Park, Ill., received high recognition this month by the AIA/JFR Justice Facilities Review Awards Program. The program documents best practices in planning and design for justice architecture, including sustainability and economic feasibility. The facility will be highlighted this fall in the 2014 Justice Facilities Review published by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice.

Rosetta Awarded LEED For West Coast Office

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/23/2014)
Rosetta, a customer engagement agency within the Publicis Group, has earned LEED certification for its West Coast hub in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

HID Global Earns LEED Platinum Certification

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/23/2014)
A company in Texas proves manufacturing facilities can be environmentally friendly. The headquarters for HID Global in Austin, which offers corporate identification badges and security products, is the only manufacturing facility in the state of Texas to be awarded LEED Platinum for Commercial Interiors.

Solar Garden Sells Out Power Before Construction


(07/09/2014)
Set to begin construction this fall, the country’s largest solar garden has already sold out all of its electricity in a deal that could set a precedent for public/private partnerships and achieving sustainability goals.
 

Louisiana School Wins National Energy Efficiency Competition

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/09/2014)
Upgrades to facility controls and the energy management system (EMS) at Claiborne Elementary in Baton Rouge helped the school win the Energy Star National Building Competition, Battle of the Buildings.
 

Minneapolis Ranks First in Green Building

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/01/2014)
Minneapolis is outpacing other U.S. cities for green commercial space and green commercial real estate. According to a study from CBRE Group and Maastricht University, almost 30 percent of all buildings and 77 percent of square footage built in the city between 2005 and 2013 qualified as green.

NYU Scraps Rebuild for Sustainable Renovations

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/01/2014)
NYU has overhauled plans to turn a dilapidated building in Brooklyn into a futuristic steel structure with a glass curtain. While the university plans to move forward with a five-year construction plan starting in 2015, it has opted for eco-friendly renovations instead of rebuilding the 500,000-square-foot structure.
 

Florida International University Boasts Innovative Rooftop Design


(06/20/2014)
The design of the new School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) building at Florida International University (FIU) has students, the community and spectators talking. The school’s location in Miami, a city known for international trade and finance, provides a living laboratory for students to not just study international affairs, but actually live and breathe them.

Golisano Center Masters Sustainability and Science


(06/20/2014)
A comprehensive science facility poses unique challenges for any builder looking to achieve LEED Gold. But William Duquin, construction manager for Niagara University in Lewiston, was able to pull together the resources needed to make the new B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences one of the most environmentally responsible education facilities in the U.S.