United Way headquarters receives LEED ratingWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
United Way of Greater Toledo’s newly constructed headquarters has received a Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“It’s outside validation that we produced an efficient building that over the course of time will help us run everything more efficiently,” said Bill Kitson, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Toledo.
The headquarters’ construction team, Rudolph/Libbe, SSOE Group and The Collaborative Inc., assisted with the cost and the paperwork for the LEED certification, Kitson said.
“We’re thrilled that our friends at Rudolph/Libbe, The Collaborative and SSOE made it possible for this to happen. They did all the paperwork and took care of the details and that was a pretty neat gift for us,” he said.
The United Way building project had a number of environmentally friendly features.
The building was designed and built using Building Information Modeling, utilizing 3D imaging and clash detection, this technology can find problems sooner and reduce the number of changes. Additionally, the building’s orientation maximizes natural light, 75 percent of construction waste was recycled, low plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals were installed, the building also features a white roof reducing solar heat and a rain garden that filters storm water before it enters sewers.