U.S. Customs Office Achieves LEED Silver Certification
The U.S. Customs Field Operations Facility in Sells, Arizona earned LEED for New Construction Silver level certification from the USGBC. The building is home to the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Department and resides on the Tohono O’Odham Nation Reservation.
Online PR News – 25-September-2012 – Phoenix, AZ – The U.S. Customs Field Operations Facility in Sells, Arizona recently earned LEED for New Construction Silver level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building is home to the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Department and resides on the Tohono O’Odham Nation Reservation.
The 10,092 square foot expansion took on a unique approach in that 60% of the building was prefabricated at an off-site location and moved to the project site in twelve unique modular units. “We are especially excited to have been involved in this project since the prefabrication strategy used is the future of the construction industry, in my opinion” stated Charlie Popeck, President of Green Ideas. “This method of modular construction allowed the project team to implement sustainable strategies in a controlled environment, increasing the quality of construction and reducing construction waste by 89% while minimizing habitat disturbance”.
Notable features of the building include extensive architectural shading features to control solar heat gain, use of drought-tolerant and native landscaping to reduce irrigation needs, and energy efficient lighting and daylighting strategies. The building uses 45% less water and 24% less energy than a typical new building.
The project was a collaborative effort led by Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants, Davis Enterprises, Accelerated Construction Technologies, Inc., and Logan E. Van Sittert Architects. Green Ideas served as the LEED Consultant. The U.S. Customs Office is the 56th LEED Certified project completed by Green Ideas.
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