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by Matt Kiszka on 05/15/2009
University of Florida stadium becomes the first LEED-Platinum athletic facility in the nation
We have another LEED first, ladies and gentleman - the University of Florida's Southwest Stadium Expansion and Renovation Project has just been designated the first LEED-Platinum building in Florida. In addition to that, it is also the first LEED-Platinum athletic facility in the nation!
According to UFL's Facilities and Planning Construction website, "The project consists of an approximately additional 30,600 GSF (new contraction) and 31,800 GSF (renovation) of offices, meeting rooms, weight room, Interactive exhibition/reception area, Gator Room, and support space for the University of Florida's football program."
The home of the Gators was designated with the acme of green building certifications in part thanks to the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset 70% of the two-year electricity usage of the building expansion.
RDG Sports headed up the architecture of the expansion, and the contractor was PPI Construction Management, Inc.
Visit the UFL project website now to find out more, or browse our LEED Green Power landing page for more information on how to apply green power to your next LEED project. We've helped more than 850 green building projects acheive LEED certification with green power. Find out more.
The University of Florida has a fantastic development program, closely following LEED and applying it to all new projects. They even have a LEED-Gold level minimum that they follow! Such a commitment puts them at the forefront of the industry, and sets them apart in their dedication to "maximizing efficiency, productivity, and comfort of the faculty, staff and students", as they put it. ~Matt
Matt Kiszka is the Green Building Project Manager for Renewable Choice Energy.