Light Rail Station Gets LEED Gold Certification
Angle Lake Light Rail Station just became the first light rail station in the Northwest to receive LEED Certification. The LEED process was new to Sound Transit so they hired ArchEcology to guide the incorporation of sustainable strategies and handle the online certification process. The original pursuit set its sights on Silver, but the project ultimately was able to achieve LEED Gold! Also the first design-build project completed by Sound Transit, ArchEcology was able to successfully interface between guideway teams and station teams over the course of a protracted construction schedule to facilitate the certification. See more in our Projects or from the Sound Transit perspective by going to the link below. https://www.soundtransit.org/blog/platform/gold-medal-angle-lake-station?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=angle_lake_gold
ENR’s 2016 Best of the Best Green Project
We are proud to announce that one of our projects Lakeview Campus Expansion was recently awarded Engineering News-Record’s Best of the Best Green Project of 2016. This LEED Platinum 180,000SF build to suit office building won first for our region and subsequently beat the winners of the nine other regions to win this national award for design and construction excellence. This project exemplifies the early integration of sustainable strategies from the use of a brownfield site and rainwater capture to the high tech energy and photovoltaic systems installed. See our project description for more about this exciting, innovative project.
Top of the List: LEED v.4 revamps the initial credit categories
One of the most visible things about LEED v.4 checklist is a revision of the long standing first credit category, Sustainable Sites. For urban projects especially this has been the largest category contributing points in many of our projects. The v4 checklist jettisoned the credits that relate to site selection considerations into the aptly named Location & Transportation, keeping the on-the-ground site development considerations of habitat, open space, rainwater management, light pollution and heat island reduction under Sustainable Sites. An additional new credit, Integrative Process was added to the top of the list outside of any category since the point of course is to look at how it can all work together. This new credit requires the design team to conduct and document a Discovery phase on their project to identify and evaluate opportunities and strategies EARLY in the development cycle. Addressing sustainability requirements early in the project cycle is now […]