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Operations center earns LEED certification

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 09:25

The Rapid Operations Center, located at 333 Wealthy St. Southwest, Grand Rapids, Michigan, has recently achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The Grand Rapids Business Journal reports that the U.S. Green Building Council has acknowledged that the structure is environmentally friendly
Construction of the building was completed in January 2012 and it took approximately $31.4 million to finish - about $1 million less than originally budgeted for. The construction of an eco-friendly building can often be done on budget and have drastic results. Significant decreases in operational expenses relating to utilities can often allow an environmentally friendly project show a return on the investment in just a few years - allowing for the sustainable upgrades to pay for themselves in a limited time. 
The building includes a water reclamation system that will save nearly 9 million gallons of water, a 40,000-square-foot green roof, a natural ventilation system and radiant floor heating. These changes will save The Rapid money and decrease operation costs for decades, according to the news source. 
For example, radiant floor heating alone in the garage will decrease the amount of energy required to sustain suitable warmth levels in the space. The central station provides more than 12 million trips in the metro area, according to the news source. All of those commuters are looking to store their vehicles in the warm, safe place. 
The combination of high-speed garage doors and radiant floor heating keeps the warmth stored inside the building, instead of allowing it to flow out. Now, commuters can walk to their cars in comfort, regardless of what the weather is like, and don't have to worry about brushing their cars off or other elements.