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Buildings earn Silver LEED certification

Buildings earn Silver LEED certification
Posted on 05/22/2018
LEED certification award hanging on wall

Lenexa City Hall and the Lenexa Rec Center, both located on the new civic campus in Lenexa City Center, were recently awarded the Silver Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification (LEED).

LEED, a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building, is administrated by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

“Achieving this designation for both our new facilities demonstrates our commitment to sustainability practices,” said Deputy City Administrator Todd Pelham, who served as the civic campus project manager. “By pursuing this LEED designation, we not only benefit from increased operational savings, but also provide a healthy, productive work environment for our citizens and our employees.” 

Here are some of the construction practices and sustainable features which were incorporated into the Lenexa civic campus: 

  • More than 75% of all construction waste was recycled rather than sent to the landfill.

  • More than 25% of construction materials contained recycled content and were manufactured regionally to lessen greenhouse gas emissions associated with manufacturing and transporting materials.

  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures in both buildings promote water conservation. It’s estimated the Rec Center will save 238,902 gallons of water annually, making it 40% more water efficient than a building with conventional fixtures. City Hall’s estimated annual water savings of 123,654 gallons of water is 38% more efficient than conventional buildings.

  • Large glazed windows which take advantage of natural daylight and occupancy sensors minimize the use of electric light.

  • Native, drought-tolerant landscaping means there is less need for irrigation and reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides.

  • Low-emitting paints, sealants and flooring promote good indoor air quality.

  • Both buildings are non-smoking facilities.

  • The rate in which stormwater runoff leaves the campus is slower and run-off is treated by natural best practices.

  • Five percent of premium spaces in the garage are designated for use by low-emitting, fuel-efficient vehicles.

  • The campus was designed to minimize heat absorption from the sun. Examples include that a majority of parking is located under cover (rather than on surface asphalt), light-colored pedestrian walkways which provide a more natural thermal benefit, and a light-colored, thermally insulated roof which helps to mitigate heat absorption for the buildings.

  • Recycling is encouraged throughout the campus.

Opened in 2017, the Lenexa civic campus consists of the Lenexa Rec Center, Lenexa City Hall (which also contains the Lenexa Public Market and a Park University campus center) and a parking garage.