LEEDing the Way: Community Building Construction (Largo Community Center)


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LEEDing the Way: Community Building Construction (Largo Community Center)

  1. 1. LEEDing the Way in Community Building Constructions: Largo Community Center Charles R. “Chas” Jordan, MPA, LEED Green Associate April 21, 2011
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Chas Jordan </li></ul><ul><li>LEED Green Associate </li></ul><ul><li>Acting Facilities Manager and Assistant Project Manager during Community Center construction </li></ul><ul><li>ADMINISTRATOR not a FACILITIES GUY </li></ul>
  3. 3. About the Community Center <ul><ul><li>~20,000 Square Foot Complex </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Predominantly Senior Citizen focused </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Located in our downtown corridor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong Community Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Housed a number of specialized community programs (i.e. Dance troop, Playing Card clubs, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At the time of the project, was roughly 30 years old with a historic “aspect” to it, in an old barn wall from 50 years ago </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. About the New Building <ul><ul><li>40,000 square feet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Banquet / Reception and Performance Hall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two Dance Studios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Black Box Theatre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fitness Room </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Game and Card Rooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-Sized Restaurant Capable Kitchen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Garden </li></ul></ul>LEED Platinum Certified
  5. 5. Building GREEN – Why? <ul><li>Public Projects = NEED POSITIVE PERCEPTION </li></ul><ul><li>Green Buildings “reduce maintenance and operational costs” </li></ul><ul><li>Long term benefit to the Environment and the Community </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design quickly becoming a design standard for buildings </li></ul>
  6. 6. Things We Learned <ul><ul><li>The LEED Process is extensive and technical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LEED is much more than just the construction of the building itself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To really receive high points, it requires financial assistance and private partnerships unless you have strong political backing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Contractor and the Architect get substantially more out of the process and the certification than the City does </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Things We Did as a Result <ul><ul><li>Received Financial Assistance from the Contractor and the Architect to perform some small requirements for the building to go from a LEED Gold Certification to LEED Platinum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worked with the Property Owner (given to us by a Nursing Home campus) to develop Bus stops and Golf Cart parking to benefit not only the demographic of the Center, their residents, but also the LEED Requirements as well </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. LEED – Politically and Economically Feasible? <ul><ul><li>The Klutho Effect – People still do not believe LEED is really “Green” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City and County Councils becoming more and more weary of the costs associated with the Certification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the “Plaque on the Wall” worth it? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. January 2010
  10. 10. February 2010
  11. 11. March 2010
  12. 12. April 2010
  13. 13. May 2010
  14. 14. June 2010
  15. 15. July 2010
  16. 16. August 2010
  17. 17. September 2010
  18. 18. October 2010
  19. 19. November 2010
  20. 20. Conclusion <ul><ul><li>Received Project of the Year Awards from both the West Coast Branch and the Florida Chapter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Won an Innovation award from the Recreation Management Magazine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Received Awards from the Association of Builders and Contractors and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It has been highlighted by the Department of Energy for its use of Photovoltaics to reduce energy costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serves as the City's Crown Jewel for Facilities Construction and its commitment to Sustainability </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. November 2010