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City building earns LEED status

January 8, 2015
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City building earns LEED status
The Technical Services Building at the wastewater treatment plant is a LEED Certified structure. Courtesy City of Grand Rapids

A City of Grand Rapids building recently underwent a retrofit that has earned it a LEED Certified designation from a national building council.

The city said last month that it has been awarded the LEED Certified rating by the U.S. Green Building Council for its Technical Services Building, at 1300 Market Ave. SW.

Energy-efficient upgrades

The building earned 45 LEED-rating points. It needed a score of at least 40 points to earn the LEED Certified status.

The Technical Services Building, built in 1971, underwent a retrofit, gaining several new energy-efficient upgrades: LED lighting, on-site storm water retention and treatment, energy-efficient heating and an improved building envelop.

Housing city services

From 1998 until recently, the building served as a satellite maintenance shop.

Following the retrofit, it now houses the Technical Services Group, which is made up of eight engineers and technicians who conduct instrumentation and electrical services for wastewater, storm water and water distribution.

The Technical Services Building is one of 26 buildings that make up the wastewater treatment plant.

Mike Lunn, manager of the city’s Environmental Services Department, said the city’s water and sanitation groups have merged, necessitating the new space for the engineers and technicians.

“Instead of having people at several locations, we are merging processes, so we can all work together,” Lunn said.

Technical Services Group employees previously worked out of the basement of the administration building, which has been taken over by records and the Air Quality Department.

LEED program

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

More than 44,000 projects are participating in the commercial and institutional LEED-rating systems, comprising more than 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries.

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