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The Rapid's operations center earns LEED Gold certification

January 24, 2013
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The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded The Rapid Operations Center, at 333 Wealthy St. SW, LEED Gold certification for the structure being an environmentally responsible building.

The formal announcement came Jan. 23.

The building houses The Rapid’s dispatch center, maintenance facilities and training center. It also contains storage areas for the system’s fixed-route buses.

The project that created the operations center took from December 2009 to January 2012 to complete. Construction cost $31.4 million, or approximately $1 million less than the project’s original budget.

The operations center features a water reclamation scheme that saves nearly 9 million gallons a year, a 40,000-square-foot green roof, a natural light and natural ventilation system, radiant floor heating in the garage and high-speed garage doors. All will save The Rapid money and cut its energy use for decades to come.

This latest LEED certification is the second for The Rapid in the past several years. In 2006, The Rapid’s Central Station also was certified by the USGBC and was the first public transportation facility in the nation to win that honor.

The Rapid provided nearly 12 million trips in the metro area last year.

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